Mark Mandala, who spent 32 years at the ABC Television Network, died Saturday (7/11) at age 72 while playing golf in Vermont. Mandala was President of the network when he retired in 1994.
According to the network, Mandala joined ABC in 1962 and over the next 32 years he served in several increasingly-responsible positions in sales and management in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
In 1983, Mandala was promoted to President of the ABC Owned Television Stations division, and in 1986 he was promoted to President of The ABC Television Network, where he oversaw Sales, Affiliate Relations, Affiliate Marketing Services, Sales Development, Network Operations, Program Administration and Public Relations.
A reception for family and friends will be hosted today, Tuesday, July 14 from 6-8 pm at the Dorset Field club in Dorset, Vermont. An additional memorial will be planned in the future on the West Coast for family and friends there.
Mandala’s wife of 48 years, Joan Neely Mandala, survives him.