In the last 18 months, Patrick is particularly proud of the successful launch of Sky OTT platform across Europe. He had end-to-end responsibility for its roll out to the UK, Italy and Germany, including strategy, team and org design. A streaming platform was built in-house to scale globally with the ability to reach broadcast level of quality through IP.
Patrick was also pivotal in the launch of Sky Q, a new Box generation, which was rolled out in the UK in 2017 and in Italy/Germany in 2018, with features such as fluid multi-screen viewing, voice command and personalised, algorithmic recommendations.
Patrick is in charge of a large engineering software team (1600 software developers) and recently drove a deep re-organisation of the Technology team, improving the professionalism and talent across the functions.
Immediate Media Co.
Despite a decade at the helm of media companies, Tom says that the past 18 months have been the most exciting. Exponent Private Equity sold Immediate Media in a valuable exit of £270 million at the beginning of 2017 after a competitive sales process.
Tom and his team have taken a heritage business, invested in technology and digital capabilities, and created a completely different platform that is now extremely valuable. The company has grown to 1,300 staff and had 2017 revenues of £210 million.
Tom has created the right cultural environment to make that a success. He is also proud of the teams he’s built around him, often by hiring people with the right skills from adjacent industries.
Under David’s leadership, Iceland has become the UK’s fastest-growing online grocer. Since his start, year-on-year growth has increased up to 60%, outperforming all other grocers in the sector by a considerable margin.
The team has grown significantly under David’s direction and his success in revolutionising Iceland’s online product has been celebrated by several notable industry-recognised bodies, including Which?, Good Housekeeping, IGD and the Golden Grocer, who each named Iceland ‘Best Online Supermarket’.
David’s strong leadership and visionary approach has inspired the team to reach for the top and achieve consistently high results in a challenging online market.
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