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OSN appoints FA executive as new CEO

Middle Eastern pay-television operator OSN has named Martin Stewart, the chief financial officer of the English Football Association national governing body, as its new chief executive.

Stewart will begin his role on August 1, taking over from David Butorac, who has served as chief executive at OSN since 2010.

In addition to his time with the FA, Stewart was previously the director general of Spanish broadband communication and entertainment company ONO and chief financial officer of pan-European pay-television broadcast group Sky.

Stewart, who has served as a non-executive director of OSN since last year, also spent time as chief financial officer of UK-based multinational music recording and publishing company EMI.

“The business is well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities and I am confident that we have the team, network and resources to gain a stronger foothold across the region,” Stewart said. “The rise in digital content, smart TVs and smartphone penetration together with a youthful population affords an exciting opportunity for growth in the future.”