Shine Australia and New Zealand joint CEOs Carl and Mark Fennessy have been handed extra responsibilities at the Liz Murdoch-controlled Shine group, becoming CEO of Shine USA and president of Shine Network respectively.
The new roles come in addition to their current Shine Australia positions, and will see the pair continuing to run things down under, where they will be supported by an enhanced senior management team – details of which the company says will be announced shortly.
In adopting the role of Shine USA CEO, Carl Fennessy will be responsible for driving the ongoing commercial strategy of the company, reporting to Emiliano Calemzuk, CEO of Shine Group Americas. He will be based in Los Angeles, relocating later this year while maintaining a regular presence in Sydney.
Mark Fennessy, meanwhile, undertakes the newly created role of president of Shine Network, working with the London-based internal unit responsible for the development, acceleration and editorial stewardship of key Shine Group formats such as MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and One Born Every Minute. He will remain based in Sydney.
Murdoch, Shine Group’s chairman and CEO, said: “Mark and Carl have taken Shine Australia from a standing start to the market leader in barely over a year – an extraordinary achievement that is down to their respective and complementary creative and commercial skills, and the energy and drive they share.
“Their new, extended roles come in recognition of this and will respectively allow the Group to further benefit from these skills.”