Los Angeles – Ward Platt has been named Chief Operating Officer of FOX International Channels (FIC) and Chief Executive Officer of the unit’s National Geographic Channels International (NGCI).  Making the announcement was Hernan Lopez, President and CEO of FIC, to whom Platt will continue to report.

Platt, who previously served as President, Asia Pacific and the Middle East for FIC will relocate to Los Angeles and will work across areas in the execution of FIC’s continuing growth plans around the world. Additionally, as CEO for NGCI, he will oversee international programming, marketing, operations, syndication and finance for the National Geographic Channels outside of the U.S. Currently, the channel and its brand extensions are seen in 171 countries.