Board of Directors

  • James Murdoch

    James Murdoch (age 38)

    Non-Executive Director and Chairman The Bigger Picture Committee

    James Murdoch was appointed as a Director of the Company on 13 February 2003 and Chairman on 7 December 2007. Between November 2003 and December 2007 he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company, a role he relinquished on his appointment as Non-Executive Chairman. Mr Murdoch is Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and CEO, International, at News Corporation and is a member of News Corporation's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Between May 2000 and November 2003, he was Chairman and CEO of Star Group Limited. Mr Murdoch was appointed a Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc in May 2009 and as a Non-Executive Director of Sotheby's in May 2010.

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  • Nicholas Ferguson

    Nicholas Ferguson (age 62)

    Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
    Remuneration Committee ChairmanRemuneration Committee Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee

    Nicholas Ferguson was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 June 2004, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 12 June 2007 and Deputy Chairman on 16 June 2010. Mr Ferguson is Chairman of SVG Capital plc, a publicly-quoted private equity group, and was formerly Chairman of Schroder Ventures. He is also Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Institute of Philanthropy.

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  • Jeremy Darroch

    Jeremy Darroch (age 49)

    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

    Jeremy Darroch was appointed as a Director of the Company on 16 August 2004. He was appointed CEO on 7 December 2007, having previously been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since 2004. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Darroch was Group Finance Director of DSG International plc (DSG), formerly Dixons Group plc. Prior to DSG, Mr Darroch spent 12 years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles in the UK and Europe. Mr Darroch is a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Marks and Spencer Group plc. He is also a Board Member of the charity Youth Sport Trust and a Council Member of the Council for Industry and Higher Education.

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  • David F. DeVoe

    David F. DeVoe (age 64)

    Non-Executive Director

    David F. DeVoe was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 December 1994. Mr DeVoe has been a Director of News Corporation and its CFO since October 1990. Mr DeVoe has served as Senior Executive Vice President of News Corporation since January 1996. Mr DeVoe has been a Director of NDS Group Limited since October 1996 and was appointed as a director of Shine Limited on 15 April 2011.

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  • David Evans

    David Evans (age 71)

    Independent Non-Executive DirectorRemuneration Committee

    David Evans was appointed as a Director of the Company on 21 September 2001. Mr Evans was President and CEO of Crown Media Holdings, Inc. and its predecessor company, Hallmark Entertainment Networks, from March 1999 to October 2007. Prior to that, Mr Evans was President and CEO of Tele- Communications International, Inc. (TINTA) from January 1998. Prior to joining TINTA, from July 1996, Mr Evans held various senior roles at News Corporation and Fox Television Inc. He is currently a Director of Village Roadshow Limited and The Concord Music Group.

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  • Andrew Griffith

    Andrew Griffith (age 40)

    Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

    Andrew Griffith was appointed as CFO and a Director of the Company on 7 April 2008. Mr Griffith joined Sky in October 1999 and held a number of finance roles prior to his appointment as CFO. Mr Griffith previously worked at the investment bank Rothschild, where he advised a range of clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Mr Griffith is a member of the 100 Group of Finance Directors.

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  • Andrew Higginson

    Andrew Higginson (age 54)

    Independent Non-Executive Director
    Audit Committee ChairmanAudit CommitteeCorporate Governance and Nominations Committee

    Andrew Higginson was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 September 2004. Mr Higginson is Chief Executive of Retailing Services of Tesco plc (Tesco). Mr Higginson was appointed to the Board of Tesco in 1997, having previously been the Group Finance Director of the Burton Group plc. Mr Higginson is a member of the 100 Group of Finance Directors and Chairman of Tesco Personal Finance.

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  • Allan Leighton

    Allan Leighton (age 58)

    Independent Non-Executive DirectorAudit Committee

    Allan Leighton was appointed a Director of the Company on 15 October 1999. Mr Leighton joined Asda Stores Ltd in 1992 and was appointed CEO in 1996. In November 1999 he was appointed President and CEO of Walmart Europe. Mr Leighton resigned from these positions in September 2000. Mr Leighton is currently Chairman of Pace plc, Peacocks Ltd, Pandora AS, and Music He is Deputy Chairman of George Weston Ltd and Selfridges & Co Ltd. Mr Leighton was Chairman of The Royal Mail until March 2009. Mr Leighton is a Patron of Breast Cancer Care and holds an Honorary Degree from Cranfield University and an Honorary Fellowship at UCL.

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  • Thomas Mockridge

    Thomas Mockridge (age 56)

    Non-Executive Director

    Thomas Mockridge was appointed as a Director of the Company on 10 February 2009. Mr Mockridge was nominated as CEO of News International in July 2011. Previously, he was CEO of Sky Italia and Chief Executive, European Television of News Corporation where he oversaw News Corporation's television operations in Europe, outside the UK. Prior to joining Sky Italia, Mr Mockridge held various roles at Star Group Limited and was previously CEO of Foxtel, News Corporation's Pay-TV joint venture with Telstra.

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  • Jacques Nasser

    Jacques Nasser (age 63)

    Independent Non-Executive DirectorRemuneration Committee

    Jacques Nasser was appointed as a Director of the Company on 8 November 2002. Mr Nasser served as a Member of the Board of Directors, and as President and CEO of Ford Motor Company from 1998 to 2001. Mr Nasser is the Chairman of BHP Billiton, and an Advisory Partner of One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JP Morgan. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of Allianz. Until January 2008, Mr Nasser served on the Board of Brambles Limited. Mr Nasser graduated from RMIT University of Melbourne, Australia and has also received an honorary Doctorate of Technology.

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  • Dame Gail Rebuck

    Dame Gail Rebuck (age 59)

    Independent Non-Executive Director
    The Bigger Picture Committee ChairmanAudit Committee The Bigger Picture Committee

    Dame Gail Rebuck was appointed as a Director of the Company on 8 November 2002. Dame Gail is Chairman and CEO of The Random House Group Limited, one of the UK's leading trade publishing companies. Dame Gail is a Director of Skillset, a Trustee of the National Literacy Trust, and sits on the Council of the Royal College of Art. Dame Gail was awarded a CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours List and was made a Dame in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Dame Gail was also named 2009 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.

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  • Daniel Rimer

    Daniel Rimer (age 40)

    Independent Non-Executive DirectorRemuneration Committee

    Daniel Rimer was appointed as a Director of the Company on 7 April 2008. Mr Rimer is a General Partner of the venture capital firm Index Ventures Management Limited (Index Ventures) and established the firm's London office. He currently serves on a number of boards including RightScale Inc., Oanda Corporation, FON Wireless Limited and Stardoll Inc. Prior to joining Index Ventures, Mr Rimer was a General Partner of The Barksdale Group and, previously, Managing Director of Hambrecht & Quist's (now JP Morgan) Equity Research Group.

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  • Arthur Siskind

    Arthur Siskind (age 72)

    Non-Executive DirectorCorporate Governance and Nominations Committee

    Arthur Siskind was appointed as a Director of the Company on 19 November 1991. Mr Siskind has been the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of News Corporation since January 2005. Mr Siskind has been an Executive Director of News Corporation since 1991 and was Group General Counsel of News Corporation from March 1991 until December 2004. Mr Siskind has been a member of the Bar of the State of New York since 1962.

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  • Lord Wilson of Dinton

    Lord Wilson of Dinton (age 68)

    Independent Non-Executive Director
    Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee ChairmanCorporate Governance and Nominations Committee The Bigger Picture Committee

    Lord Wilson of Dinton was appointed as a Director of the Company on 13 February 2003. Lord Wilson retired from the Civil Service in 2002 after serving 36 years in a number of UK Government departments. Since his retirement in September 2002, Lord Wilson has been Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In October 2006, he became Non-Executive Chairman of C. Hoare and Co, Bankers. From April 2003 until October 2007, Lord Wilson was a Non-Executive Director of Xansa plc. Lord Wilson was made a peer in November 2002.

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