Blackbird appoints former Channel 5 CEO Airey

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Blackbird, the cloud video platform, has announced that Dawn Airey will join the Board of Blackbird effective immediately as a Non-Executive Director.

Airey is a veteran of the media industry, having worked in television for 30 years, holding senior positions with the majority of the UK’s commercial broadcasters. Most recently, she spent three years as CEO of Getty Images, prior to which she spent two years as Senior Vice President at Yahoo! Inc’s EMEA office, where she led the Company’s operations in the region.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Airey held leadership positions at many major UK media companies, including President of a unit of RTL Group, Channel 5’s parent company, and Chairwoman and Chief Executive of Channel 5, where she oversaw all operations. She also worked as Managing Director of Global Content at ITV where she oversaw its UK and international production and content businesses. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director, Channels and Services, at BSkyB, the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster.

Andrew Bentley, Chairman of Blackbird, said: “We are delighted that Dawn is joining the board where we know she will make a great contribution. Dawn has a wealth of relevant and valuable senior media industry experience across her remarkable career and the whole board looks forward to working with her in order to grow shareholder value.”

Ian McDonough, CEO of Blackbird, said: “It’s a real coup to have someone of Dawn’s calibre and media industry stature join our board. Her international experience and network make her an ideal candidate and aligns perfectly with our global strategy and the executive team are looking forward to working with her.”

Airey said: “I am excited to be joining the formidable team at Blackbird. The video technology that has been developed is extraordinary. I look forward to playing a part in guiding and amplifying its global potential.”


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