DC Entertainment President and President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products Diane Nelson will take a leave of absence from her position starting April 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner Bros. President Kevin Tsujihara informed employees of Nelson's plans in an internal memo. According to the Hollywood trade, Nelson's leave of absence is open-ended, but she is fully expected to return.
In the meantime, Warner Bros. Chief Digital Officer and Executive VP of Strategy and Business Development Thomas Gewecke will serve as support for DC's executive management team, which includes: DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee; DC President/Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns; and DC's Executive VP of Business & Marketing Strategy, Direct to Consumer and Global Franchise Management Amit Desai.
Nelson's leave of absence reportedly comes down to a need for time to deal with a string of personal matters, including recovery from a recent back surgery.
Here is Tsujihara's memo in full (via THR):
Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, has decided to take time off starting Monday, April 2. After 22 years with the company, she wants to recharge, as well as have immediate and uninterrupted time with her family. This is her decision and the entire senior management team and I support this, and will help facilitate it as follows:
- The DC Executive Management team will report to Thomas Gewecke (Chief Digital Officer and EVP, Strategy and Business Development) in the interim
- Pam Lifford will report to me in the interim
Diane continues to be an important member of the Warner Bros. family and has worked on many of our most iconic properties. She has contributed greatly to the company’s successes, and we look forward to her returning to the Studio.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your management team, Thomas or me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support and continued commitment to excellence in everything we do.