Airey leaves Five

Five Chief Executive and Chairman Dawn Airey is to leave the broadcaster along with seven company executives.

Airey is leaving to take up a senior role at the RTL Group, Five's former owner but has agreed to remain in her post for several months to facilitate the implementation of a cost-efficiency programme.

Six board directors and the broadcaster's Head of HR are also leaving the company. Channel Controller, Richard Woolfe, Director of Strategy Charles Constable and Director of Corporate Affairs Sue Robertson will leave on 31 August.

Managing Director Mark White, Director of Finance David Hockley, Director of Legal Paul Chinnery, and Head of HR Natasha Adams, will depart on 31 October. Along with Airey, they will remain in post until this time in order to help Northern & Shell manage the change process.

It was also announced that Five's Director of Digital Channels & Acquisitions, Jeff Ford would take on additional responsibility for the main channel becoming Programme Director, Five Channels.

Dawn Airey commented of the changes:"The day Five was sold, my job was done. I will be returning to the RTL Group but over the next few months will remain in post with a number of my senior colleagues to facilitate the integration of Five into Northern & Shell.

I love Five, its staff, its spirit and all we have achieved. I wish the channel, its team, Richard Desmond and Northern & Shell all the success they deserve."

Northern & Shell Chairman, Richard Desmond, said: "Whilst I'm sorry to see Dawn move on, I'm thrilled that she'll be in the mix to contribute to the various exciting plans we have and oversee the acquisition and development of brilliant new content".

DTG Staff  |  11.08.2010

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