NBCUniversal International Television Distribution has announced that Rajiv Dhawnwill head up its new office in Singapore and Maxim Mikhailov will head up itsnew office in Russia.

Dhawnhas been named senior director, sales liaison, Asia, and reports to vicepresident, sales liaison Haydn Arndt, while Mikhailov becomes manager, salesliaison, and reports to vice president, sales liaison Don McGregor.

Dhawnand Mikhailov will be responsible for overseeing the free, pay and basictelevision sales of NBC Universal programming in key territories within theAsia sector and Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the other Commonwealth ofIndependent States territories respectively.

Thedevelopment follows on from the announcement last October of a new office inMunich, while the company expects to open a Dubai site within months.

Dhawnarrives from Carsey Werner International in Singapore, where he served as vicepresident of sales and distribution for Asia Pacific.

Mikhailovjoins from Moscow-based television distribution agency Russian Report, where hewas responsible for acquisitions, sales to the national channels and generalmanagement issues.