Virgin Media has appointed Scott Dresser as general counsel and company secretary. Dresser, who had been deputy general counsel, takes over from Bryan Hall who is returning to the US after six years in post.
Dresser now joins the cableco’s executive management team and will report directly to chief executive officer Neil Berkett. He will lead Virgin Media’s in-house legal department and external counsel on all legal, competition and regulatory issues as well as advise the board of directors.
“Having worked closely with Scott over a number of years, I am absolutely delighted to welcome someone of his calibre to our executive management team,” said Berkett. “During a period of major industry developments, Scott has successfully led our legal team on many key initiatives and his experience will be extremely valuable as Virgin Media looks to extend its lead in the entertainment and communications sector.”
As deputy general counsel, Dresser has been responsible for the company’s M&A and competition/regulatory teams, including leading the sale of Virgin Media Television to BSkyB and Virgin Media’s participation in Ofcom’s market investigation into the pay TV industry.
Dresser joined Virgin Media in 2006 from US reinsurance company White Mountains Re Group. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate strategy and development within the legal industry including ten years of practice in New York with international law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.