Dubai pay TV firm OSN hires English FA exec as new CEO

Martin Stewart will take up new role with broadcaster on August 1; replaces David Butorac
Dubai pay TV firm OSN hires English FA exec as new CEO
By Staff writer
Mon 13 Jun 2016 03:50 PM

OSN, the Dubai-based pay TV network, on Monday announced the appointment of Martin Stewart as its new CEO. 

Widely acknowledged for his contribution to the European pay TV industry, Stewart has served as director general of ONO, a Spanish broadband communication and entertainment company and as chief financial officer for Sky.

He was also the CFO of EMI, the British multinational music recording and publishing company and is currently chief financial officer of The Football Association in the UK, a statement said. 

Stewart takes charge from David Butorac, who served as OSN’s CEO from 2010. Milestone achievements under his leadership include the launch of OSN Play, the region’s first digital platform; Go online TV; and OSN Store, the region’s first digital video store.

Faisal Hamad Al Ayyar, chairman of OSN, said: “I am delighted to welcome Martin Stewart, an experienced professional with exceptional leadership experience in driving the transformational growth of businesses. Mr Stewart is not new to OSN, having been its non-executive director since 2015.

"His expertise in leading from the forefront of change will be a significant value-add for OSN as we mark a new chapter in our growth story.”

Stewart, who will assume office at OSN in Dubai on August 1, said: “I am delighted to take charge as the CEO of OSN. The business is well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities and I am confident that we have the team, network and resources to gain a stronger foothold across the region. The rise in digital content, smart TVs and smartphone penetration together with a youthful population affords an exciting opportunity for growth in the future.”

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