Sky New Zealand names Sophie Moloney as new CEO, plus more

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4 December 2020 Ed Dixon

Pay-TV broadcaster Sky New Zealand has appointed Sophie Moloney as its new chief executive with immediate effect.

The first woman to be appointed to the position in Sky’s history, Moloney has held a number of roles at the network since joining at the start of 2018. She initially came on board as general counsel and most recently served as Sky’s chief commercial officer before landing the top job.

Moloney replaces Martin Stewart, who has left by mutual consent and is returning home to Europe after 21 months in charge.

Confirming his departure, Sky’s chair Philip Bowman credited Steward for achieving “a successful turnaround” of the business, which had been hit by falling subscriber numbers and renewed competition from domestic rival Spark, as well as international companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Stewart will continue to assist Sky for the next three months to ensure a smooth handover and transition.

“Sophie has performed outstandingly in a wide range of commercial, legal and strategic roles and has the unanimous support of the board of directors,” said Bowman.

“Sophie’s recent achievements include leading the commercial agreement with Spark to secure Rugby World Cup rights for pubs and clubs around New Zealand, leading the team that secured New Zealand Rugby and Sanzaar rights, negotiating the new Optus satellite agreement and spearheading Sky’s purchase of entertainment streaming service Lightbox.”

Elsewhere, BSE Global, owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Brooklyn Nets and their Barclays Center home arena, has announced the hiring of five senior executives. Emerson Moore has joined as executive vice president, chief people officer; Peter Stern as executive vice president, chief financial officer; and Jackie Wilson as executive director of diversity and inclusion. In a pair of joint announcements with partners ASM Global and Levy, Adina Erwin was named general manager of Barclays Center, with Chris Giacalone appointed vice president of hospitality.

Sinclair’s regional sports network (RSN) business is losing one of its top executives, with Billy Chambers, the group’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer, leaving next week, according to Sports Business Journal (SBJ).

Former England rugby union international Ugo Monye is taking up an executive role at UK pay-TV broadcaster BT Sport, according to the Daily Mail. The 37-year-old, who also works as a rugby analyst, will take a talent representation post and ‘assist with the network’s big decisions’. 

Additional appointments

Annika Sörenstam

President, International Golf Federation (IGF)

Notes: Sörenstam, a ten-time major winner on the LPGA circuit, will succeed Peter Dawson at the start of January 2021. Dawson decided not to seek reappointment beyond when his current term expires at the end of the year.

Marisol Casado

President, World Triathlon

Notes: Casado has been elected to serve a fourth term and will stay at the helm until at least 2024.

Octavian Morariu 

President, Rugby Europe

Notes: Morariu defeated Russia’s Kirill Yashenkov in a landslide election victory, receiving 51 votes to his rival's 12. The Romanian will carry out his third term as president until 2024.

Miguel Ángel Mujica 

President, Chilean Olympic Committee (COCH)

Notes: Mujica has been re-elected for a second term and will lead the organisation into a home Pan American Games at Santiago 2023.

Phil Cook

Chief marketing officer, Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)

Previously: Senior brand director, concepts and consumer go to market, Nike

Tom Redman

Chief financial officer, OZ Sports

Previously: Vice president of commercial finance, DAZN Group

Mike Berkley

Chief product officer, FuboTV

Previously: Chief product officer, Axios

Mark Silver

General manager, North America, StreamAMG

Previously: Founder and president, Stadium Digital

Vincent Taupin

Independent non-executive director, Rugby Europe

Notes: Currently chief executive of private banking group Edmond de Rothschild, Taupin arrives with vast experience in the banking sector, having held several top positions at French and international companies.

Martin Gilbert

Chair, Scottish Golf

Notes: Gilbert, the former co-founder and chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, will be presented as chair-elect in March 2021.


Stacey Cartwright

Senior independent director, the Football Association (FA)

Notes: The FA said Cartwright had left ‘in order to pursue other business interests’. She was due to lead the selection panel to appoint a new FA chairman after the resignation of Greg Clarke. Kate Tinsley, an independent non-executive director at the FA, will now head up the search.

Volker Spätgens

Head of sponsorship, FC Schalke 04

Notes: Spätgens is stepping down after more than nine years in his current role, having initially joined the German soccer club as a marketing assistant in 1999.

Michael Capiraso

Chief executive and president, New York Road Runners

Notes: Capiraso will leave on 31st December and new leadership will be sought out amid concerns over racism and other biases at the company, which organises the New York City Marathon.