KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has appointed Euan Daryl Smith as group chief executive officer designate with immediate effect, succeeding Henry Tan Poh Hock.
Euan will assume the role of group chief executive officer on Feb 1, 2023, following Tan’s retirement on Jan 31, 2023.
In a statement, Astro said Euan joined Astro as group chief operating officer and CEO, Pay TV in 2020 and brings with him immense Pay TV experience, having held senior leadership roles in Sky UK & Fox US.
He was a key member of the team that engineered Sky Germany’s successful turnaround and was instrumental in helping Foxtel Australia move into the streaming era.
The Board of Directors of Astro is confident that Euan will continue to transform and lead Astro into the future, supported by a strong management team comprising Malaysian and international talent.
“Tan has been an inspirational leader to all at Astro, having steered the team through different phases of the business, achieving several key milestones in the media and entertainment industry. An advocate of local content, Henry is best known for transforming local movies into box office sensations, and for building a vault of valuable content and original intellectual property, which is central to Astro’s core,” chairman Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz said.
Astro said Tan would continue as an advisor to strengthen Astro’s content pipeline to serve the group’s businesses and platforms.
Euan said: “Today’s announcement underscores what has long been a hallmark of Astro — our unwavering embrace of the future. I wish to thank the Board for the opportunity to lead Astro to the next level, and to Henry for all the support he has offered me as a valued colleague and friend. I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
“Team Astro has made great strides over the last two years, including the aggregation of the best global streaming services all in one place, the introduction of a sparkling new, personalised Astro via our hybrid Ultra 4K UHD and Ulti HD boxes, entry into the internet service provider market with Astro Fibre, the launch of our new OTT product, sooka, and many more.
“I believe Astro is now uniquely positioned to maximise the opportunities presented by the ever-changing media and entertainment landscape,” he added.