Transformational Leader for SKY Television

SKY Television has appointed Martin Stewart as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Stewart is a highly regarded international media sector operator with a wealth of experience in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

In the TMT space Mr Stewart has been CEO of OSN, the leading pay TV network in the Middle East and was CFO of Sky in the United Kingdom when Sky launched its digital platform and the company doubled its subscriber base in 4 years. He also led the successful turnaround of Ono, a leading telecom operator in Spain, which is now part of Vodafone.

His sports credentials include being CFO of the Football Association, serving on the Board of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games for seven years and playing a key role in successful Premier League and UEFA broadcast renewals on behalf of Sky UK.

“I am excited at the opportunity to lead SKY as it continues its transformation from a traditional television broadcaster to a multi-platform entertainment business,” Mr Stewart said.

“SKY has an exceptional sport offering that covers the sports that New Zealanders love to watch, an unrivalled line-up of entertainment content, and it serves over 760,000 New Zealanders.

“SKY is in a good place to take advantage of the opportunities that increased internet connectivity is offering, while retaining its important strategic position of being able to deliver content, particularly live sport, to 100 percent of the country. I’m looking forward to being part of the next phase of the SKY story.”

SKY Chairman Peter Macourt said, “We are delighted to be appointing a CEO of Martin’s calibre and international experience. We conducted an extensive global search for the right person to lead SKY, and had a strong field of candidates to select from. Martin’s experience, his leadership skills and his strong understanding of the opportunities and challenges of our sector made him a stand-out choice.”

Retiring CEO John Fellet also welcomed the appointment, saying that “Martin is an experienced professional with a deep understanding of our industry. He is highly regarded as a transformational leader, and I look forward to welcoming him to SKY.”

“Martin joins SKY at an exciting time for the company. Continuing to transform and enhance the experiences that SKY customers receive is a key part of SKY’s strategy, and Martin will bring a valuable international perspective to our business.”

Mr Stewart will commence as CEO on the 21st of February, 2019.



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