CEO, Channel 4
Alex Mahon is the CEO at The Foundry, the leading design and visual and 3D effects software firm. The Foundry is at the heart of the creative industries and technology sectors in London with 300 staff globally and the HQ in the centre of Soho. The software is for the design, visualisation and entertainment industries; clients include Pixar, Weta, ILM, Mercedes and virtual reality platforms. In 2015, the company was acquired by HgCapital for £200m.
Before Alex moved into technology she spent 15 years running creative production companies and her focus is high growth, international and entrepreneurial businesses. She was CEO of Shine Group which she joined in 2006 and built the group through M&A and organic growth into an organisation with 27 creative labels in 12 countries, £700m in revenues, and brands including MasterChef, Biggest Loser, Broadchurch, Spooks & The Bridge. Prior to this she had a career in media across Europe, at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group and RTL Group. She started off as a PhD Physicist and then a strategy consultant at Mitchell Madison Group in the pre 2000 internet bubble.
Alex is the Senior Independent Director at Ocado Plc, co-Founder of tech start-up WeAreTV, and Chairman of Bandstand Productions. Alex is a supporter of the creative industries as Chairman of Royal Television Society Programme Awards, Non-Exec on the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and a member of the Government’s DCMS Advisory Panel on the BBC. She is Appeal Chair of The Scar Free Foundation – a national charity funding pioneering and transformative medical research into disfigurement.
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