Alex Mahon, most recently president of Shine Group, has been named CEO of the global company.
Shine founder Elisabeth Murdoch, who had served as its chairman and CEO since 2001, will continue as group chairman, with Mahon taking on full responsibility for the management of the 28 operating companies within the News Corp-owned group, which include Shine TV, distribution arm Shine International, and assorted prodcos such as Dragonfly and Kudos Film & Television.
The changes will commence in September.
“As Shine further diversifies across genres, geographies and platforms, I believe that the continued growth of the company requires the chairman and CEO roles to be distinct and separate,” said Murdoch. “Alex has earned this new leadership position in recognition of her substantial contribution to Shine’s growth from a single UK-based production company a decade ago to the global business we run today.
“The division of duties will focus Alex’s attention on managing the operational business whilst allowing me to concentrate on identifying future strategic opportunities and remaining the custodian of Shine’s unique culture of creative excellence,” Murdoch added.
Mahon said she was “delighted” by the promotion, adding, “It is a privilege to be given such an opportunity by Liz and our creative leaders. I look forward to continuing to work with her and the amazing team at Shine to realise the group’s collective ambitions.”
Mahon joined Shine in 2006 as managing director of Shine TV from talkbackTHAMES, where she was COO. Prior to that, she was director of commercial development and strategy at FremantleMedia.
She began her career in television with FremantleMedia owner RTL Group in Luxembourg. Before coming to TV, Mahon received her PhD in physics and worked as a medical physicist. She then moved into management consulting and launching Internet retail businesses.