Knoxville, Tennessee – As part of its ongoing international expansion initiative, Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. has named Jonathan Sichel as its Managing Director for UK and EMEA operations.

Sichel, who joined the company in 2009 when it acquired Travel Channel in the U.S., will lead the company’s UK-based operations which includes Food Network UK, Food Network South Africa, Fine Living Network and Travel Channel International that the company acquired earlier this year.

Sichel will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s wholly owned and controlled international operations in the EMEA territory with a focus on expanding channel distribution on television and digital platforms, developing the company’s lifestyle media brands throughout the region, and increasing viewership and revenues.