Ann Sarnoff (B'83)
BBC Studios, Americas
As President, BBC Studios, Americas, Ann M. Sarnoff is responsible for driving growth and profit across the company’s diversified business divisions in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. She oversees BBC Worldwide Productions, Adjacent Productions, linear and digital program sales and co-productions, home entertainment, licensing, and live events. She also leads efforts to amplify BBC Worldwide’s global brands Doctor Who, Top Gear, and the natural history brand BBC Earth.
In 2016, Sarnoff was appointed head of BBC Worldwide’s Global Production Network, charged with developing the strategy for and optimizing the company’s global production operations. Sarnoff is also Chair of the Board of BritBox, a subscription video on demand service with the largest collection of British television in the U.S.
Sarnoff joined BBC Worldwide in 2010. From 2010-2015, Sarnoff was COO, BBC Worldwide North America, where she was responsible for most major revenue streams for the company and led cross-business franchise development for global brands, resulting in significant revenue gains.
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Sarnoff was President of Dow Jones Ventures and Senior Vice President of Strategy. Sarnoff launched FINS.com, a career and jobs site targeted at financial professionals, which later broadened to cover tech, sales, and marketing professionals. She also chaired the board of FiLife.com, a personal finance joint venture with IAC.
Prior to Dow Jones, Sarnoff was COO for the Women’s National Basketball Association. From 1993-2003, Sarnoff worked with some of the best-known brands in television at Viacom. As Nickelodeon’s Executive Vice President for Consumer Products and Business Development, she built Nickelodeon consumer products into a multi-billion dollar revenue business at retail. Subsequently, she became COO for VH1 and CMT.
Sarnoff holds a BS from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She sits on the board of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and Georgetown University, and is the vice chair of the advisory board of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. She also serves on the advisory board of British American Business and the Digital Task Force for New York Public Radio. For the past six years, Sarnoff has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable by CableFAX Magazine. She has two children, and lives in New York City with husband.