Liberty Global has announced that effective July 1st, Dana Strong will become the Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Media.
Strong is currently Managing Director of UPC Ireland, the country’s leading broadband, communications, and entertainment provider, where she will remain as Chairman. In her new COO role, Strong will report to Tom Mockridge, who was recently announced as Virgin Media’s incoming Chief Executive Officer, effective as of closing.
Strong will succeed Andrew Barron who has decided to leave the company post closing to pursue new opportunities.
Mike Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global, said: “Dana has over 20 years of experience in the media industry and has been an integral member of the Liberty Global family for 14 years. She has a proven track record of delivering profitable growth and customer service excellence to the operations she’s led in Australia and Ireland. I would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution of Andrew Barron, who played a key role in building Virgin Media’s outstanding strategic, product and operating platform and who has been pivotal in the company’s success.”
Strong will be succeeded as Managing Director of UPC Ireland by Magnus Ternsjö, who since 2009 has served as Managing Director of Liberty Global’s Central European DTH satellite television business covering Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Magnus has been active in the pay-TV business for more than 20 years, including roles at several of Liberty Global’s operations with a proven track record.