Faisal Al Ayyar, Chairman of OSN, announced today that Patrick Tillieux has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Patrick Tillieux has been on OSN’s Board for two years and is the chairman of the executive committee of the Board.
OSN said in a statement the Board is delighted that he has accepted to increase his involvement with OSN and shares the Board’s vision for the Company as the premier source of entertainment in the Middle East and North Africa region. Tillieux has built and reshaped major pay-TV operations in Europe over a long and successful career spanning all areas of OSN’s business, as well as cable and telecoms.
"His knowledge of the region, where he first worked in 1981, and his belief in OSN’s unique qualities and in the strengths of OSN’s teams will allow him to drive OSN to new heights," said the statement released by OSN.
Mr. Tillieux is currently chairman of two companies and serves on other boards, mainly in the media space, across the world. He was previously CEO of Red Bee Media Ltd (2012-14), COO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (2007-09) and held several positions up to CEO of SBS Broadcasting services Europe (Pay TV) (2001-07). He was CEO of CANAL+ Holland and CANAL+ Flandres (1999-2001), MD and CFO Holland Media Group (1995-98) and held various Director level positions within TF1 (1988-1994). He has also consulted for leading operators, technology companies and broadcasters in various capacities.
His achievements include launching new pay TV services and repositioning existing broadcasters, negotiating access to quality content for subscribers, and growing and improving the profitability of large broadcasting operations. He also has extensive experience in M&A transactions and dealing with banks and other financiers.
Mr. Tillieux said: “I am honoured to have been selected as OSN’s new CEO. As a member of the Board, it has been a privilege to witness firsthand the quality of OSN’s people and assets; I now look forward to steering OSN’s energy towards renewed growth and ever improved engagement with customers. I believe that OSN is uniquely positioned in the region to offer high-quality innovative services that will make a real contribution to fulfilling customers’ desires.”
Mr. Tillieux succeeds Martin Stewart, who is leaving the Company to pursue another opportunity outside of the region.
Mr. Faisal Al Ayyar said: “The Board wishes to acknowledge Mr. Stewart’s efforts and achievements in strengthening operational efficiency and adding value to customers. Under his leadership OSN has significantly improved its operations and embedded a customer first approach. He has also enhanced the Company’s digital and technology capabilities to better serve customers. The Board thanks him for his contribution and wishes him the very best in all future endeavours.”