Jeremy Darroch is stepping down as chief executive of Sky. The 58 year-old has been at the helm of the broadcaster since 2007 and will be succeeded by Dana Strong, who’s currently president of consumer services at Comcast Cable.
During his time as CEO, subscriber numbers have tripled to 24 million in the UK, Germany and Italy.
“I would like to thank Jeremy for his exceptional leadership of Sky and his partnership since we acquired the company,” said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts. “Sky’s values have been a perfect fit for ours and I credit Jeremy with building an incredible culture and executing the seamless integration with Comcast.”
In October 2018, Darroch said he intended to “stick around” following the takeover by Comcast. That promise has been rewarded with a move to the boardroom as executive chairman.
Thanking his colleagues, Darroch said: “It has been a privilege to lead Sky for 13 years, and an experience that I have looked forward to every day, so my decision to leave has not been easy. But with the business firmly settled into the wider Comcast Corporation and a strong plan in place, now is the right time.”
Strong was previously President and COO of Virgin Media in the UK, Chief Transformation Officer of Liberty Global as well as Chief Executive Officer of UPC Ireland and Chief Operating Officer of AUSTAR in Australia.