Fox’s Jon Nesvig to Retire

Fox’s Jon Nesvig, the dean of network sales chiefs, has announced his retirement, effective at year’s end, the network has confirmed.

Talk of Nesvig’s retirement has circulated for some time. He is 66 and has served in the business for 40 years.

“For the last five years I’ve used every trick I could think of to get Jon to stay,” said Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group. “But when we discussed it recently and he said it was time, I had no arguments left. For over 20 years he’s given us his very best, and now it’s time to share him with his wife, Hanneke, the girls and his grandkids.”

The retirement would be the second by a major network sales chief within the past year.

Longtime ABC sales head Mike Shaw retired at the end of last year, replaced by his deputy, Geri Wang.

Nesvig has been president, sales, Fox Broadcasting Co., since June 1994. He oversees all sales operations, including primetime and sports. He was also named evp, Fox TV in September 1997, with responsibility for developing sales strategies across all network-owned television businesses.

Nesvig joined Fox in 1989 as svp, sales. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with NBC, where he held several positions.
He joined NBC from ABC Radio, where he worked first as manager of sales development and then as an account executive.

He began his career on the agency side in the media department at Benton & Bowles advertising agency.

Nesvig has served on the boards of the International Radio and Television Foundation and the Ad Council, and is active in fundraising for cancer research through the Tim Nesvig Lymphoma Fellowship and Research Fund at City of Hope Hospital.