Getty Images has announced Dawn Airey to the role of Chief Executive Officer, with effect from October 12, 2015. Co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Klein is stepping up to the role of Chairman, as we reported in March.
‘Airey was previously Senior Vice President of Yahoo!’s EMEA businesses, where she led the company’s operations in the region. Prior to that she held senior leadership positions at several major UK media companies, including Chairman and CEO of Channel 5, Managing Director of Global Content at ITV and Managing Director of Channels and Services at BSkyB. Airey is currently part of a UK Government-selected panel charged with reviewing the BBC’s charter renewal.’
Dawn said “Engaging audiences through the power of visual storytelling is what I am passionate about, and, at its core, that is what Getty Images is all about: inspiring and enabling the world to tell its stories through the exceptional content the team captures each and every day. There is immense potential when it comes to marrying content with new monetization opportunities, and I cannot wait to get started. It’s a pleasure to join such a talented team and to work with Jonathan as we drive the business forward.”
↑ Watch above a video interview between Jonathan and Dawn.
Commenting on the appointment, Getty Images Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said: “After 20 years at the helm, I am delighted Dawn is joining the team to drive Getty Images in its next phase of growth, innovation and industry leadership. Our new CEO is an experienced leader with a strong track record of programming and monetizing content. Dawn’s deep understanding of the consumer market and the intersection of technology and content means she is well situated to run Getty Images as it explores new opportunities within the consumer space and beyond. We could not be more excited about the future.”
Co-founder and Chairman Mark Getty, who assumes the role of Deputy Chairman, said: “The board and I are pleased to have someone of Dawn Airey’s abilities assume leadership at Getty Images. Dawn’s considerable experience in the media and consumer space, coupled with her strong understanding of programming content, means she is very well-placed to drive Getty Images forward.
. Airey will be relocating from London to New York with her partner and two children, to take up the role.