Former Sky exec Adrian Pilkington has boarded A+E Networks UK as senior VP of distribution and strategy.
The newly created role – effective on September 1 – sees Pilkington reporting to COO Nicolas Eglau, who will also start at the company next month. Pilkington will oversee the strategic planning and execution of branded channel and digital distribution across the UK, Nordic, Benelux and CEEMEA, in addition to developing the company’s corporate strategy with Eglau.
Prior to joining A+E Networks UK, Pilkington served as director of partner channels at Sky. The exec was responsible for Sky’s commercial partnerships with more than 60 retail channels and oversaw such strategic initiatives as Sky Go and a partner channel launch with NOW TV.
In addition, Pilkington led a team of commercial and research executives working on Sky’s partnership strategy with UK channel groups.
Before joining Sky’s channels and operations team, Pilkington looked after the launch and management of Sky’s interactive business.