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Channel 4 appoint first female Chief Executive

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Channel 4 has announced that it has appointed Alex Mahon as its new Chief Executive – the first ever female to hold the position.

Mahon, who is joining from Foundry, a global technology business, is the first woman to hold the role since the broadcaster was launched in 1982.

Mahon has also previously served on an advisory panel for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

She is expected to start the role in October, taking over from her predecessor David Abraham. It is also reported that Mahon will earn a salary of £900,000 a year.

Charles Gurassa, Channel 4’s chair, 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.”

“She is a great enthusiast for Channel 4 and its unique public service remit and her recent work with government will be valuable in facilitating constructive dialogue with the new administration.”

Speaking about her new appointment, 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.”


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