FuboTV Appoints Chief Business Officer, Board Member
FuboTV, the sports-first live TV streaming platform, has announced two new appointments. Henry Ahn has been named chief business officer, and Julie Haddon has been appointed to the board of directors.
Effective in early April, Ahn will be based in New York City and report directly to David Gandler, co-founder and CEO.
In conjunction with this appointment, Ahn will transition from his current role on fuboTV’s board of directors. He joined fuboTV’s board in July 2020.
As chief business officer, Ahn will oversee fuboTV’s content strategy and licensing as well as business development. Reporting directly to Ahn will be Ben Grad, senior vice president, content strategy and acquisition, and Len Landi, senior vice president, business development.
“Henry has served as a trusted advisor to fuboTV since joining our board of directors in 2020,” says Gandler. “He is a well-respected media executive whose expertise has straddled both traditional distribution and streaming television, positively impacting key growth areas for the businesses in which he’s worked. At fubo, Henry’s focus will be on managing our content licensing strategy and costs, working with Ben and Len who have done a great job leading our partnerships, in an effort to maximize value for our customers and shareholders as we scale our subscriber base.”
“I am thrilled to be working with David and the entire fuboTV team even more closely going forward,” says Ahn. “Ever since my involvement with fuboTV, which goes back even before I joined the board in 2020, I was impressed by David and his team, who have consistently out-delivered results in the fast growing streaming business. I look forward to working constructively with media companies, other content providers and distribution companies to continue to bring great sports and entertainment programming in an affordable manner to our fuboTV customers.”
Previously, Ahn served as president of content distribution and partnerships for Univision Communications. He joined Univision in 2018 to lead content distribution sales, operations, finance and strategy, specializing in media contract negotiations, business strategy, content licensing, new media strategy and authenticated streaming/video on-demand. He was also responsible for distribution deal execution and relationships with new and existing distributors including multichannel video programming and online video distributors, mobile carriers and electronic sell-through providers.
Prior to joining Univision, Ahn served as a distribution executive for Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) where he led sales, negotiations, strategic planning and marketing efforts for SNI related to every aspect of content distribution. Previously, he served as executive vice president of TV Networks Distribution at NBCUniversal, where he worked for 17 years.
Haddon has been named to its board of directors effective immediately and will also join the board’s audit committee.
“Julie is an incredibly respected sports, media and tech business leader who has built global audiences for some of the world’s biggest leagues and brands,” says Gandler. “I have no doubt Julie will bring a valuable perspective to fuboTV as we aim to transform the TV space for consumers while providing value to our shareholders. I’m looking forward to working closely with Julie and welcoming her to fuboTV’s board of directors.”
“I am thrilled to join fuboTV’s board at such an exciting time in the company’s growth,” says Haddon. “I am looking forward to working with David, the other members of fubo’s board and its executive leadership team to help innovate, accelerate and activate the breadth of opportunities for fans to engage with sports and entertainment streaming content on fuboTV.”
Haddon is an owner of the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Previously, she was senior vice president, global brand and consumer marketing for the National Football League (NFL) where she led a bi-coastal organization that delivered innovative and impactful strategic marketing, player and fan engagement brand programs from the Super Bowl to the Draft to the Inspire Change Social Justice initiatives. While at the NFL, Haddon’s team developed the league’s Brand and Fan Engagement strategy for sports betting. She also founded and served as executive sponsor of NFL Pride, the league’s first-ever LGBTQ+ group, and was executive producer of the documentary A Lifetime of Sundays, featuring four iconic trailblazing women owners of the NFL.
Prior to joining the NFL, Haddon spent two decades working in senior leadership roles, including at DreamWorks Animation, which produced the hit franchise Shrek, where her team was the recipient of the first-ever Academy Award for an Animated Feature Film. She also led marketing at Fox/Disney’s Blue Sky Studios and social media at eBay and at Zynga, including through their IPO in 2011.
Haddon was also part of the early team at Twitter, and as a consultant, helped scale the company from its initial one million users and created the popular “Verified Account” feature that contributed to Twitter’s growth a decade ago. In 2012, she reprised her role at the FinTech company, SoFi, as their first marketing leader, helping build the foundational marketing team. She is also an adviser in Silicon Valley, and is a limited partner to an early stage venture capital firm, and has served as an investor and advisor to over a dozen startups.
Currently, Haddon serves on the board of directors for TOCA Football, a soccer-focused and technology-enabled experience company, with a mission to build the largest soccer training and entertainment venue in the world. She is also a senior adviser to Bettor Capital, a venture fund focused on sports betting and gaming innovation, as well as a board advisor at NuArca Labs, an international sports, athlete and ticketing NFT platform.