Euan Smith is to take up the role of CEO of leading Malaysian TV business, Astro.
Euan comes to ASTRO from Australian pay TV operator Foxtel where he served as Chief Operations Officer. He was responsible for Product Development, Project/Change Management and all the operations platforms upon which the company is built (OTT, Broadcast, and all Customer & Corporate systems).
Prior to joining Foxtel, Euan ran his own UK consulting business, Valonon. Formed to ‘create worlds that people want to belong to’ Valonon both supports start-ups during their build phase and advises corporate clients on the delivery of major transformations. Through 2017 Euan was primarily based in Los Angeles operating as both subject matter expert and programme lead at Fox, where he helped the Digital Consumer Group create their ‘next generation’ commerce platform and product set.
Before this Euan spent over five years as Chief Operations Officer at Sky Deutschland, a key member of the team that turned a €250m loss-making business into a major commercial success. Sky D is now Germany & Austria’s premier payTV provider, strongly profitable, & delivering sparkling content across cable, satellite, IP & OTT. En route the 1500-strong team that Euan led built Germany’s largest OTT platform from scratch (Sky Go, Sky Ticket), performed a full reengineer of broadcast, studio & IT operations, tripled the revenues of the B2B business unit and won more than a dozen product innovation, customer service and operations awards.
Earlier in his career Euan ran Sky UK’s field, supply chain, service & purchasing operations for eight years, leading a team that grew to over 3000 and was instrumental in the successful launch of DVR, HD & Broadband products.
Euan is an engineer by background, an alumnus of Birmingham University & Harvard, and a qualified Leadership trainer.