VFX Software Developer The Foundry Finds New CEO

Alex Mahon has been named CEO.
Alex Mahon

Alex Mahon, who was named CEO of Shine Group in 2012 and left the post last July, has been named CEO of visual effects software developer The Foundry.

The Foundry develops software including its flagship compositing system Nuke, which is used by customers including Pixar, Double Negative and Weta. With a staff of 300, The Foundry is headquartered in London, with offices in Silicon Valley, Manchester, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Dublin and Austin. In July, it was acquired by HgCapital for £200 million.

Former Foundry CEO Bill Collis remains full-time as president and board member.

Prior to Shine Group, Mahon held senior positions at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group and RTL Group. She said in a statement: “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.”

HgCapital managing partner Nic Humphries said of Mahon: "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.”

Added Collis: “Alex has the skills to continue the extraordinary growth The Foundry has achieved over the last decade. I’m personally looking forward to focusing on identifying new initiatives and technology partnerships to maintain the company’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

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