Jeremy Darroch is stepping down as Sky Group CEO after more than a decade to become executive chairman of the Comcast-owned British mediaco.
Dana Strong (pictured left), most recently president of consumer services for Comcast Cable in the U.S., will succeed Darroch (right) as group CEO, reporting to Comcast chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts.
Darroch has served as CEO of Sky since 2007 and group CFO since 2004. In that time, he has tripled the size of the business and led the transformation of the company as one of Europe’s largest multi-platform TV producers.
In her previous role, Strong was responsible for Comcast’s residential business and has led product and market launches in broadband, video, home security and mobile.
The executive was previously president and COO of Virgin Media in the UK, chief transformation officer of Liberty Global and CEO of Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland, and COO of AUSTAR in Australia.
Roberts said in a statement. “Jeremy has been a terrific colleague to me and everyone at Sky, but I respect his decision and I am pleased that he’s agreed to stay on to help with the transition and advise the company.
“[Strong] quickly made her mark on our U.S. business, driving growth and innovation with an unwavering commitment to our customers. Her global experience and vision coupled with her leadership and track record at some of the largest media and telecommunications companies in the world make her the perfect leader for Sky.”
Darroch added: “My decision to leave has not been easy. But with the business firmly settled into the wider Comcast Corporation and a strong plan in place, now is the right time… I have no doubt that Dana will take Sky into a new and exciting future. Her proven record for leading telecommunications and media businesses coupled with her experience in the U.S., UK, and Europe will be great assets to Sky and I look forward to working with her as she takes the reins.”