Van der Wal joins today from entertainment publishing business Time Out where he was global CEO.
At Turner he will work across the company’s channel brands, which include news net CNN, kids offerings Cartoon Network and Cartoonito and entertainment offerings TCM and TNT, heading up financial planning and managing the commercial finance team across the EMEA region. He will also work with Turner’s wider international team.
Prior to a three-year stint at Time Out, Van der Wal was at online ticket exchange operation Seatwave. He has also held senior financial and business development roles at telco Vodafone.
Ray Hutton, executive VP and CFO of Turner Broadcasting International said: “Aksel’s superb track record of transformative finance management and his evident talents beyond the typical finance profile, including a first class understanding of both the linear and digital media landscapes, make him a perfect fit with Turner’s growth philosophy.”
Giorgio Stock, president, Turner Broadcasting System EMEA added: “I look forward to the leadership and wealth of experience that Aksel will bring to a role that actively helps determine the shape and scale of our success”.