Alex Mahon

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Alex Mahon | Speaker Biography

First woman CEO of a major UK broadcaster
Revolutionised Channel 4 into a digital-first entity
Advocate for diversity and equitable representation in media

Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4, is the first woman to lead a major UK broadcaster. She has transformed the company into a digital-first public media entity, focusing on diversity, equitable representation, and creativity. Alex shares her leadership experiences, discussing change management, growth, innovation, crisis management, and authenticity. She explores engaging with Gen Z as consumers and colleagues, nurturing creativity, and creating a supportive culture. She also addresses the challenges of catering to a digital-first audience.

Alex's career began in diverse roles, including as a scientist and kitchen porter, before moving into TV production. She worked at Talkback Thames and FremantleMedia, then led creative production companies like Shine Group, known for MasterChef and Broadchurch. She also headed Foundry, a visual effects software company.

At Channel 4, Alex has navigated challenges such as changing audience demands, integrating new technologies, and promoting workforce diversity. Channel 4, with its public-private funding model, faces scrutiny from the government, regulators, and media. Under Alex’s leadership, the company balances creative content with public service obligations. She has enhanced the network's regional presence and championed talent diversity through initiatives like 4Skills. Alex upholds Channel 4’s legacy as an independent, trailblazing organisation. Her tenure blends traditional broadcasting with streaming platforms, sparking national discussions on inclusion and social change. She has reviewed and improved policies to support employees dealing with menopause, fertility issues, pregnancy loss, and breaking corporate taboos.

Alex's industry involvement is extensive. She has chaired the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, served as a Non-Executive Director of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and participated in the DCMS Advisory Panel on the BBC and the UK Government Creative Industries Council. She is an ambassador for London Tech Week and a founding member of WITs END, a network for women’s development in the tech industry. Alex has been honoured with Variety’s International Achievement in Television Award and an International Royal Industrial Fellowship.

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Book Alex Mahon as a speaker to gain insights from the first female CEO of Channel 4, who transformed it into a digital-first powerhouse. Learn about leadership, diversity, innovation, and engaging Gen Z from her diverse career and industry expertise. Perfect for inspiring teams and driving business growth.

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