David Haslingden (pictured), who has served as president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group since January 2011, is stepping down at the end of the year “to return to his native Australia and spend more time with his family,” according to the company.
During his tenure, Haslingden helped create and grow Fox International Channels (FIC), a division of the company that now encompasses more than 350 channels in over 55 countries.
Chase Carey, president and COO of parent company News Corporation, said: “Since joining News Corporation, David has been a driving force in the evolution of the pay-TV industry in every corner of the world.
“His leadership in the international television marketplace has uniquely positioned Fox to succeed for years to come in what has quickly become one of our company’s fastest-growing business segments. I respect his decision to return to Australia to spend more time with his family, and we wish him nothing but the best during the next phase of his career.”
The company has not yet stated who will be replacing Haslingden. Prior to taking on the president/COO role last year, he served as CEO of both FIC and National Geographic Channels Worldwide for more than 10 years.