Executive appointment: Looking to the future, Getty Images appoints Christie’s Jennifer Ferguson to role of SVP, Global Communications
CEO Dawn Airey appoints Jennifer Ferguson as the company’s first-ever SVP Global Communications; one year into her tenure, Airey announces her seventh appointment to specialist, high-profile executive team focused on expanding business and developing new revenue streams.
New York, 3 October 2016 – Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, today announces the appointment of Jennifer Ferguson to the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Global Communications – a founding position which sits on the company’s Executive Committee. Based in New York and reporting to Getty Images’ CEO Dawn Airey, Jennifer’s appointment marks another step in Getty Images’ strategy to extend its core B2B licensing business, driving the brand into the hearts and minds of consumers, as the company moves forward with its new public-facing Getty Images Everywhere strategy.
Jennifer joins Getty Images from Christie’s, the international fine arts purveyor – a brand synonymous with luxury – where she held the role of Senior Vice President and International Director of Communications and Public Relations, responsible for leading Christie’s global corporate communications efforts. Jennifer’s unique background and expertise, ensures she is perfectly placed to lead an encompassing communications approach which bolsters the Getty Images brand globally, connecting with the company’s expansive array of stakeholders – from the photographic and creative communities, to internal and investor audiences, as well as consumers, corporates and news organizations around the world.
Dawn Airey, CEO of Getty Images said: “I am thrilled that Jennifer will be joining our executive team, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the luxury, corporate and consumer space. As we move forward on our Getty Images Everywhere journey, it’s essential that we have a seasoned global communications leader at the helm to drive greater public perception and awareness for the wider brand.”
Airey continues: “With recent executive appoints in the data and innovation space, as well as Jennifer on board, we simply couldn’t have a stronger leadership team in place as we look to the future.”
Jennifer Ferguson, SVP Global Communications at Getty Images said: “The depth and breadth of Getty Images’ business means it is uniquely placed to reach an unparalleled spectrum of audience and with this comes incredible opportunity. Imagery is the common thread that transcends cultural and language barriers. I am thrilled to be joining the company at such an exciting time and look forward to bringing Getty Images’ story to life in a digital era where consumers and businesses are demanding an increasing amount of visual and immersive content.
Jennifer’s appointment follows a series of recent appointments to Getty Images’ Executive Committee as the company drives forward its strategy for growth. In 2016 alone, Getty Images announced a new Innovation Group spearheaded by Steve Heck, Chief Innovation Officer; appointed Jon Miller and Nate Gandert to the roles of Chief Information and Technology officers respectively; announced a new Chief Human Resources Officer, Leander LeSure, last week; and created a further two executive positions, announcing Andrew Hamilton as the SVP of Data & Insights, with Steve Grimes announced as the company’s new Managing Editor & SVP of Consumer Media, joining Getty Images in September. In addition, last month Getty Images also appointed Lia Buffa de Feo to the new role of Vice President and General Manager, for the company’s print business.
About Jennifer Ferguson
As Senior Vice President of Global Communications for Getty Images – a founding position which sits on the company’s Executive Committee – Jennifer Ferguson is responsible for leading a cohesive and encompassing communications strategy for the international media company. Jennifer oversees Getty Images’ brands, reputation and corporate communications globally, as well as provides strategic communications counsel to Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Airey.
Prior to joining Getty Images, Jennifer held the role of Senior Vice President and International Director of Communications and Public Relations for Christie’s, the fine arts purveyor, where she was responsible for leading Christie’s global corporate communications efforts. During her three-year tenure, Jennifer transformed public perception of the Christie’s brand from that of a storied British auction house to one of a modern global art business.
Jennifer has a wealth of expertise in the luxury, corporate and entertainment sectors and prior to her time at Christie’s, held the role of Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Kerzner International Resorts. Here she was responsible for all global communications strategies and integrated partnerships for its various hospitality brands, including Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Atlantis and The Palm in Dubai. Jennifer has also spent time at Miramax/ Dimension Films, where she was responsible for strategy and national publicity campaigns for feature films under the Dimension banner, as the company’s Senior Vice President for Publicity.
Jennifer is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
About Dawn Airey
Dawn Airey is the Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company – a position she has held since October, 2015.
As Chief Executive Officer, Airey is responsible for running Getty Images’ global operations, driving the company forward in its next phase of growth, innovation and industry leadership.
A veteran of the media industry, Airey has worked in television for 30 years, holding senior positions with the majority of the United Kingdom’s commercial broadcasters. Prior to joining Getty Images, Airey was Senior Vice President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Operation of Yahoo! Inc. During her two-year tenure at Yahoo!, Airey led the company’s operations in the region.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Airey held leadership positions at many major UK media companies, including President of a unit of RTL Group, Channel 5’s parent company, and Chairwoman and Chief Executive of Channel 5, where she oversaw all operations. She also worked as Managing Director of Global Content at ITV and served as Managing Director, Channels and Services, at BSkyB, the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster.
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