MBC has a new CEO in the shape of Marc Antoine d’Halluin. He will take over on January 5th from long-time CEO Sam Barnett, who left in October after 17 years of running the giant multi-channel broadcaster in Dubai.
d’Halluin previously served as chairman of M7 Group, which operates in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia. He was also CEO of Zodiak Media and spent two years as the CEO of Showtime Arabia (2006-2008) as well as three years as CEO of Canal+ from 2003 to 2006. He is also on the Board of Moby Group.
MBC, with some 2800 staff, is the most popular broadcaster in the MENA region with variety and generic channels, and the Al Arabiya news channel. It also operates the Shahid and Shahid+ OTT services.
Waleed Al Ibrahim, chairman, MBC Group, said d’Halluin’s brief would be to “move the group forward in-line with the five-year growth plan for the organisation that was announced in Q4 2018”.