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Zhao named Warner Bros China MD

Chinese entertainment and tech industry veteran Gillian Zhao has been named Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Warner Bros China, becoming the company’s first-ever country manager for China.

In this newly created position, Zhao will have general oversight of all of Warner Bros’ businesses in China, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and emerging distribution technologies.

“The Warner Bros name is synonymous with first-class entertainment, in China and around the world,” said Zhao. “I’m excited and honoured to be named to this post and look forward to taking the company’s in-country operations to the next level.”

Prior to joining Warner Bros, Zhao most recently served as Senior Assistant to the President of Wanda Culture Group and CEO of Wanda Pictures. She has also held senior executive posts at Star TV (China). Starting in 1987, Zhao spent nearly two decades working in tech, including as Managing Director of Apple China, Deputy GM of Microsoft China, Channel Marketing Manager for IBM China and a 10-year stint at China Hewlett Packard.

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