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Alex Mahon appointed C4 chief executive

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has appointed Alex Mahon as its new chief executive. Mahon will join C4 later this year, with an exact date to be confirmed. She will be taking ...
June 5, 2017

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has appointed Alex Mahon as its new chief executive.

Mahon will join C4 later this year, with an exact date to be confirmed. She will be taking over from David Abrahamwho announced his decision to step down from his post March. Abraham will continue in his role until Mahon starts at C4.

Since 2015, Mahon has been CEO of the global tech company Foundry — a developer of software that provides visual effects, 3D, virtual and augmented reality to the entertainment industry. Foundry has offices in the UK, U.S, China and Ireland and works with clients across the entertainment, design and digital sectors including Disney, Sony Pictures, Facebook and Google.

Previously, Mahon was CEO of Shine Group until 2015, and was involved in the company’s joint venture with Endemol to form Endemol Shine Group, owned by 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global.

She joined Shine as managing director in 2006 and built the group into an organization with 27 creative labels in 12 countries and US$904 million (£700m) revenues.

Prior to that, Mahon had a career in media organizations across Europe, including COO at Talkback Thames, director of commercial development and strategy at FremantleMedia and as a senior strategy executive at RTL Group.

“Alex is an outstanding leader and a highly experienced CEO who has developed and grown major international businesses in both the creative and technology sectors. She brings an impressive combination of relevant experience and is brilliantly placed to help steer Channel 4 through the competitive challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Charles Gurassa, C4′s chair, in a statement.

The news comes less than a week after Channel 4′s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, announced she would also be leaving the UK broadcaster after almost seven years. She will be stepping down from her role in September. There is no word yet on Hunt’s replacement. 

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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