Al-Obaidly promoted to chief executive of beIN Media Group

Yousef Al-Obaidly has been promoted to chief executive of Qatar-based sports and entertainment group beIN Media.

Al-Obaidly has been appointed to the position by beIN Media chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, who had previously also served as chief executive.

Formerly deputy chief executive, Al-Obaidly has played a central role in establishing beIN as the most prominent pay-television sports network in the Middle East and North Africa, along with driving its global expansion across the sports and entertainment sector.

In 2012, Al-Obaidly played a pivotal role in the launch of beIN Sports France, Americas and Asia-Pacific. In December 2013, alongside Al-Khelaïfi, Al-Obaidly completed the transition of Al Jazeera Sport into beIN Sports.

BeIN said Al-Obaidly’s promotion is “testament to both his loyalty and commitment” to the organisation, having served in a number of positions during the course of his 15-year tenure.

Al-Khelaïfi said: “Yousef’s experience and drive are instrumental to our organisation as we continue to make great strides as a leader in sports and entertainment. I am confident that Yousef’s leadership will help us achieve our growth ambitions and ensure the success of our operations.”

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