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.”
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