BSkyB freshens up board
Editor ©RapidTVNews | 20-11-2011

 James Murdoch may be feeling the heat the UK government but after a vote of confidence from his board, he has now has announced proposed senior management appointments at BSkyB. As part of its previously announced programme to replace current members of the Board as they retire, the leading UK pay-TV operator now wishes to appoint Martin Gilbert and Matthieu Pigasse to its Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors. BSkyB intends to appoint the executives immediately after its AGM on 29 November 2011, when David Evans and Allan Leighton will retire from the Board. Gilbert is a founder shareholder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management and a is a director of a number of investment trusts and Chairman of First Group plc and was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College’s Tanaka Business School. For his part Pigasse is Chief Executive Officer of Lazard France and Vice-Chairman of Lazard Europe, where he has advised both national governments and a wide range of corporate clients in the European TMT sector. Commented James Murdoch, BSkyB Chairman, said:”Martin Gilbert and Matthieu Pigasse will bring wide-ranging expertise to BSkyB. With backgrounds encompassing significant experience in UK public companies and the European media sector, they will complement and add to the existing skills of our Board.”