Sky Deutschland CEO will step down as CEO on 24th June and return to the USA. He will be succeeded by Carsten Schmidt.
Currently Sky Deutschland’s Chief Officer Sports, Advertising Sales & Internet, Schmidt takes on the new role of Deputy Chief Executive with immediate effect and will work alongside Mr Sullivan over the coming months before taking over as Chief Executive.
Carsten Schmidt has served on Sky Deutschland’s management board since 2006, after initially joining the company in 1999. In his current position, he has played a key role in the company’s strong growth and the development of its market-leading position in exclusive content, with responsibilities including sports programming and rights acquisition, online activities and advertising sales.
Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive of Sky plc and Chairman of Sky Deutschland’s Supervisory Board, commented:“Brian has made a huge contribution to Sky Deutschland over the last five years. He has built an excellent team who have delivered a step-change in growth and opened up the significant future opportunity for Sky in Germany and Austria. We wish him the very best as he returns to the US.
“We are delighted to appoint such an experienced and capable executive from within the existing leadership team. Carsten has played a central role in the transformation of Sky in Germany, building a strong business in premium sport with a deserved reputation for outstanding quality and innovation. With the support of an excellent team, he will lead the next phase of Sky’s growth as it continues to execute on a well-established and successful strategy.”
Carsten Schmidt, Deputy Chief Executive, Sky Deutschland, said:“This is an exciting time for Sky in Germany and Austria. The business is performing very well, and with the support of the wider Sky group, we are now even better positioned to exploit the huge potential in our sector. I’m looking forward to working with the team to bring the Sky experience to many more customers in the future.”
Brian Sullivan, Chief Executive, Sky Deutschland, added:“Sky Deutschland has come a long way over the last few years. The product we deliver today is amongst the best in the world, whether that be our outstanding content, amazing innovations or award winning customer service. And customers have responded in the millions. This could not have been accomplished without the incredible team here at Sky, of which Carsten has been an outstanding member. I cannot think of a better person to work with Jeremy and the whole team to bring the next chapter of the Sky story to life.”