Saunders has joined the company in a senior strategic role within its own EMEA operations responsible for A+E Networks’ growth strategy, branded channels and digital distribution across the region.
He will take charge from Liz Higgins, who has joined News UK as commercial development director, and report to MD Dean Possenniskie.
Meanwhile, Jon Wildman has been hired in the newly created role of VP ad sales for EMEA.
The announcement was made by A+E Networks EMEA MD Possenniskie to whom both will report.
At Nickelodeon, Saunders was responsible for managing distribution activity, advertising sales, and business development.
Earlier, he held senior corporate development and finance positions at Channel 4 and RSM Robson Rhodes.
Saunders assumes his new role from September.