Discovery Communications has promoted 16-year veteran David Leavy to the role of Chief Corporate Operations and Communications Officer. He reports to Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav. As part of his expanded role, Leavy will add oversight of Discovery’s global technology and operations functions which include broadcast operations; technology strategy and architecture; IT infrastructure, systems and data solutions; and information security.

Leavy’s most recent title as Chief Communications Officer and Senior EVP Corporate Marketing and Business Operations. He will continue to oversee his current functions including Discovery’s creative and corporate marketing, government relations, public policy and standards and practices; global corporate communications; talent management; and business operations including administration, security, travel, real estate and facility functions. He also leads Discovery’s in-house media agency, the Discovery Agency.

“I am very proud of David and his commitment and contributions at Discovery over a long period of time,” Zaslav said. “He is a great guy who has had a big impact on our global growth, purpose-driven culture and business operations. Beyond his leadership, work ethic and general capacity, David is one of the most dedicated managers and versatile executives at the company. I could not be happier to have him and his continued leadership at Discovery for years to come.”

Before joining Discovery, Leavy was Chief Spokesman and Senior Director of Public Affairs for the National Security Council and Deputy White House Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs under President Clinton.