Former RTL and ITV exec Dawn Airey (pictured) has joined Yahoo! as senior VP of the web firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operation.
Beginning November 1, Christophe Parcot, who has served as Yahoo!’s interim lead of EMEA, will take on a new, as-yet-unspecified role at the company, focused on expanding its business in the region. Airey will report to COO Henrique de Castro.
“Dawn is well known for her visionary thinking, operational discipline and leadership skills, and I can’t wait to work with her as we position Yahoo! for growth throughout the EMEA region,” said de Castro.
“I’d like to thank Christophe for his leadership of the past one and a half years. Together with Dawn’s direction and energy, I’m confident that the future is bright for Yahoo! in EMEA.”
Airey was most recently president of a unit of RTL Group. She joined in September 2010 from UK pubcaster Channel 5 where, as chairman and CEO, she oversaw all operations. Previously, she was MD of global content at ITV, where she oversaw its UK and international production and content businesses.
She is also a VP of the UK’s Royal Television Society, a member of the board of the British Library, and chair of the Grierson Trust.