Sean Cocchia has been promoted to EVP Business Operations and General Manager, Disney Channels Worldwide. The 17-year Disney exec will oversee SEAN COCCHIAthe division’s Strategy and Operations and Franchise and Brand Management groups; Disney Media Sales and Marketing; and Radio Disney. He also oversees the portfolio’s work with Disney ABC Television Group’s Finance and Distribution groups and with Walt Disney International.

Cocchia, who had been SVP since 2011, oversaw the creation of the business models and strategic plans for the launch of the Disney XD brand and the 24-hour Disney Junior channel. He most recently led the strategic plan for digital distribution and growth across Radio Disney.

“Throughout his tenure, Sean’s strategic acumen and insights have been driving forces in helping to build our business to even greater heights,” said Gary Marsh, President and COO of Disney Channels Worldwide. “His deep understanding of how Disney Channels Worldwide connects to the larger Walt Disney Company has been a huge catalyst for that growth.”

His long career at the company has included stints as SVP and GM at Radio Disney, SVP Business Planning and Development at Disney Channels Worldwide, VP Business Development and Executive Director of Business Management for Disney Channel U.S.