Whanganui Chronicle

Sky boosts gender equality with new execs

- Chris Keall

Sky TV says its executive team is now 50 per cent women following two new appointmen­ts.

Journalist-turned-content marketer Lauren Quaintance has been named the pay-TV broadcaste­r’s new chief media and data officer.

And Jennifer Sepull has been named Sky’s new chief technology officer.

Sepull’s CV includes a wellregard­ed two-year stint as Air New Zealand’s chief digital officer and chief informatio­n officer. She was also a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the London Stock Exchange. She arrives as Sky rolls out its new hardware following delays that cost the broadcaste­r at least $7 million.

Former Herald feature writer Quaintance became the founding editor of the Sunday Star-Times’ glossy insert Sunday before being named editor of Metro at age 31 in 2005.

She later crossed the Tasman for a series of senior roles at publisher Fairfax (now part of Nine). In 2013, she co-founded a digital content marketing firm, Storyation, which was bought by Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp in 2019.

Quaintance returned to NZ last year, taking directorsh­ips with DPL Insurance, Christchur­chNZ and the Crusaders.

Both start toward the end of this month.

Sky’s executive team already includes two women: chief executive Sophie Moloney and chief corporate affairs officer Chris Major.

Quaintance’s role is new, while Sepull fills a role that Major says has been vacant “for some time” and is not a direct replacemen­t. Sky’s erstwhile director of technology, Prabhu Singh, who sat outside the exec team, has become director of transforma­tion, reporting to chief operating and people officer Anthony Welton.

“As we start to roll out our new Sky Box and Sky Pod to customers, we now look to the next phase of our tech transforma­tion, including in the adtech space,” Moloney said.

Sky shares were recently trading at $2.40. The stock is down 11.2 per cent over the past 12 months.

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Lauren Quaintance (left) and Jennifer Sepull have joined Sky TV’s executive team.

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