Former Shine CEO, Alex Mahon Joins The Foundry
Alex joined Shine Group, the production company behind such hits as MasterChef, Spooks and Broadchurch, in 2006 and built it up into a business operating in 12 countries. She had previously held senior positions at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group, and RTL Group.
The Foundry is a leading global developer of software to deliver high-end visual and 3D effects for the design, visualization, and entertainment industries. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in London, with offices in Silicon Valley, Manchester, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Dublin, and Austin. It has a staff of 300. The firm set the de facto standard in the film post-production visual effects space with its NUKE product, which is used globally by leading artists and designers such as Dreamworks, Double Negative, and Pixar to create visual effects. It has moved into commercial design software for clients such as Mercedes-Benz. The company is now using its expertise to create innovative IP and technology for the next generation of virtual and augmented reality environments.
Mahon said: “Having spent the last 20 years working in both technology and creative industries, I’m thrilled to be joining The Foundry because of the opportunity for dynamic change and rapid growth. The pace of change in technology combined with The Foundry’s well-deserved reputation for cutting-edge software and passion for the creative process allows us almost limitless opportunities for growth.”
Managing Partner, Nic Humphries, welcomed Mahon’s appointment, saying: “We are delighted that Alex has agreed to join The Foundry. Her wealth of experience within both the technology and creative areas will support the huge growth potential of this innovative company over the next stage of its development.”
Mahon started her career as a PhD physicist and then worked at strategy consultants Mitchell Madison Group as an internet retail expert. She is currently a non-executive director of Ocado Plc and The Edinburgh International Television Festival, chairman of the RTS Awards, serves on the DCMS advisory panel on the BBC, and also is Appeal Chair of The Scar Free Foundation, a national charity pioneering and transforming medical research into disfigurement.