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First woman to hold top job

Alex Mahon named new CEO at C4

Alex Mahon

Alex Mahon: first woman at helm


Channel Four has appointed Alex Mahon, of the special effects software company Foundry, as chief executive.

She will become the first woman to hold the position which commands a salary of £900,000.

Ms Mahon, a former chief executive of the production company Shine, will succeed David Abraham at the broadcaster and will be plunged into discussions about its future.

The Conservatives want to move its head office outside London, while it also faces a battle YouTube and Netflix to win new young viewers.

There had been speculation linking STV’s outgoing CEO Rob Woodward and ITV’s departing CEO Adam Crozier with the job.

Mahon said: “Channel 4’s unique remit to innovate and to appeal to young and diverse audiences make it an essential part of British culture.

“There is nowhere in the world like Channel 4 and, in these changing times, its mission is more important than ever.

“I’m incredibly proud to be joining Channel 4 and bring to it experience both of leading creative organisations at scale and dealing with an environment of constant technological change.”

Chairman of Channel 4 Charles Gurassa said: “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.”

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