Longtime ABC executive Mark Cohen, retired EVP ABC Broadcast Group and VP Capital Cities/ABC died on December 31st, ABC announced today. He was 81. A Maine native, Cohen joined ABC in the company’s clearance department in 1958. He moved to network sales in 1961, was promoted to director of sales planning in 1964 and to VP sales planning in 1967. In the early ’70s, Cohen held a number of positions in the business analysis and planning areas, and was named VP in charge of planning and development for ABC Television in 1974. He was promoted to SVP Finance and Planning in 1976, became SVP of ABC Television in 1977 and assumed the additional title of VP ABC Inc. in 1981. From 1983 to 1985, he was SVP ABC and in 1985 was promoted to executive vice president. Cohen left the company in 1988.
Cohen served as a Vice President of the International Radio and Television Society and was a former President of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In addition, he served on the executive committee of the International Council.