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Getty Images appoints Airey as CEO

Former Yahoo EMEA chief and Channel 5 boss Dawn Airey has been appointed as CEO of Getty Images.

dawnairey460Airey, who left her position as senior vice president of Yahoo’s EMEA businesses earlier this month, takes over from Jonathan Klein who steps up to become chairman of Getty.

The company said that under Airey’s leadership, Getty aims to accelerate its progress in “both its traditional businesses as well as new growth areas.”

“Engaging audiences through the power of visual storytelling is what I am passionate about, and, at its core, that is what Getty Images is all about: inspiring and enabling the world to tell its stories through the exceptional content the team captures each and every day,” said Airey.

“There is immense potential when it comes to marrying content with new monetisation opportunities, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Airey joined Yahoo in August 2013, prior to which she held senior positions at several UK media companies, including chairman and CEO of Channel 5, managing girector of global content at ITV and managing director of channels and services at BSkyB (now Sky).

Airey is currently part of a UK government-selected panel charged with reviewing the BBC’s charter renewal.