Chief Executive Officer / Director of the Board (effective 1 January 2019)
Dawn Airey is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual media company – a role she will hold until 31 December 2018, before she moves to the position of a non-Executive Director on the Company’s Board.
As Chief Executive Officer, Airey is responsible for running Getty Images global operations; working alongside Getty Images Co-Founders Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein, as well as its Board of Directors, cementing the company’s leadership position and continued growth and innovation.
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 where she oversaw its UK and international production and content businesses. Prior to that, Airey served as Managing Director, Channels and Services, at BSkyB, the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster.
In 2018, Dawn was conferred as an Honorary Doctor of Arts, awarded by Edge Hill University for her outstanding contributions to the media industry.
Airey was awarded a fellowship by the Royal Television Society (RTS) in 1998. She is a Vice President of the RTS, the Senior Non-Executive Director of Thomas Cook PLC and Chair of The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Airey was born in Preston, Lancashire in the United Kingdom, and studied at the University of Cambridge.