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 Abraham, who 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.