Getty Images hires former Yahoo European chief Dawn Airey as chief exec

Getty Images has announced former Yahoo SVP of EMEA, Dawn Airey as its new chief executive as Jonathan Klein moves to become chairman of the global photography business he co-founded.

Airey left Yahoo after two years of heading up its media business, having previously worked at Channel 5, ITV and BSkyB.

Her new role will see her aim to continue the growth of Getty internationally and develop new services within the company.

Klein said: “After 20 years at the helm, I am delighted Dawn is joining the team to drive Getty Images in its next phase of growth, innovation and industry leadership. Our new CEO is an experienced leader with a strong track record of programming and monetizing content. Dawn’s deep understanding of the consumer market and the intersection of technology and content means she is well situated to run Getty Images as it explores new opportunities within the consumer space and beyond. We could not be more excited about the future.”

Airey added: “I have long admired Getty Images and relish the opportunity to lead this iconic global business as it continues to break new ground and propel the industry that this company has pioneered for 20 years.

“Engaging audiences through the power of visual storytelling is what I am passionate about, and, at its core, that is what Getty Images is all about: inspiring and enabling the world to tell its stories through the exceptional content the team captures each and every day. There is immense potential when it comes to marrying content with new monetization opportunities, and I cannot wait to get started. It’s a pleasure to join such a talented team and to work with Jonathan as we drive the business forward.”

This year, Getty is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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