Getty Images, global visual media company, announces Dawn Airey as the new CEO, effective October 12, 2015. At the company’s 20th anniversary in March, co-founder and current CEO, Jonathan Klein, announced that he would assume the role of chairman.
Airey was most recently senior vice-president for Yahoo EMEA. Currently, she is also a member of a UK government-selected panel charged with reviewing the BBC’s charter renewal.
Commenting on the appointment, Getty Images co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein says, “After 20 years at the helm, I am delighted that Dawn is joining the team to drive Getty Images in its next phase of growth, innovation and industry leadership. Our new CEO is an experienced leader with a strong track record of programming and monetizing content. Dawn’s deep understanding of the consumer market and the intersection of technology and content means she is well situated to run Getty Images as it explores new opportunities within the consumer space and beyond. We could not be more excited about the future.”
Speaking about her new role, Airey says, “I have long admired Getty Images and relish the opportunity to lead this iconic global business as it continues to break new ground and propel the industry that this company has pioneered for 20 years.” She continues, “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 that the team captures each and every day. There is immense potential when it comes to marrying content with new monetization opportunities and I cannot wait to get started. It’s a pleasure to join such a talented team and to work with Jonathan as we drive the business forward.”
Mark Getty, co-founder and chairman – now, deputy chairman – adds, “The board and I are pleased to have someone of Dawn Airey’s abilities assume leadership at Getty Images. Dawn’s considerable experience in the media and consumer space, coupled with her strong understanding of programming content, means she is very well placed to drive Getty Images forward. I am also pleased that Jonathan will be chairman and Getty Images will continue to benefit from his knowledge and passion, which he has used to such great effect during his leadership of our business through 20 remarkable years of innovation, disruption and growth.”