Diane Nelson leaves her role as president of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Diane Nelson, the president of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros, Consumer Products is stepping down from her role with the outfit.

Nelson took a leave of absence in late March in order to focus on family-related issues. She had been expected to return but after several has announced her plan to depart Warner Bros Entertainment.

Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed the move in a company announcement on Wednesday.

“Diane has been a friend and colleague as well as a valued member of Warner Bros. family for more than 20 years,” he said. “throughout her tenure, her leadership and contributions have helped shape the way the studio operates today, and we are better for having had her on our team.

“While we are sad she will be leaving us, we completely respect and support her decision. Whatever her next chapter holds, I know she will make it amazing.”

The interim executive structure established during her leave will remain for the time being and see Thomas Gewecke continue to serve as chief digital officer and executive VP of strategy and business development.

HE oversees the DC executive management team of Dan DiDo, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and Amit Desai.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products president Pam Lifford will now report directly to Tsujihara.

“Warner Bros. has been my home for over 20 years with a wide variety of incredible professional experiences,” Nelson said in a statement.

“The last nine – rebuilding and managing DC Entertainment – have been a particular privilege. With the support and talents of our staff and creators, I am proud to leave DV even stronger than when I joined it. I will miss everyone – particularly my executive management team – without whom none of our achievements could have been realised. And I am excited to take on my next professional adventure.”

Early on, Nelson developed a close relationship with Harry Potter author JK Rowling and spearheaded the management of what became one of the biggest franchises and brands in the first decade of the 21 century.

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