Chief Executive Officer
Dawn Airey is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images, the world’s leading visual communications company.
As Chief Executive Officer, Airey is responsible for running Getty Images global operations; working alongside Getty Images Co-Founder and Chairman, Jonathan Klein, as well as its Board of Directors, 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 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.
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. She was recently a representative of a UK Government-selected advisory group of experts to support the BBC Charter Review.
Airey was born in Preston, Lancashire in the United Kingdom, and studied at the University of Cambridge.