Fox Networks COO Resigns

David Haslingden Headshot - P 2012
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David Haslingden Headshot - P 2012

David Haslingden had been in his post since January 2011 after more than two decades with News Corp. around the world. He said he wants to return to Australia to spend time with his family.

David Haslingden has resigned as Chief Operating Officer of the Fox Networks Group, according to a News Corp. announcement, “to return to his native Australia and spend more time with his family."

Haslingden had been COO since January 2011 and was credited in the announcement with helping grow the Fox International Channels business, which now includes more than 350 channels in over 55 countries.

"Since joining News Corporation, David has been a driving force in the evolution of the pay-TV industry in every corner of the world," News Corp. President and COO Chase Carey said in a statement. "His leadership in the international television marketplace has uniquely positioned Fox to succeed for years to come in what has quickly become one of our company’s fastest-growing business segments."

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"David has built an incredible foundation for us domestically and across Asia, Australia Europe and the Middle East," Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, said in a statement. "As we look to continue FNG’s incredible growth trajectory, our future successes will in many ways be the result of David’s innovative leadership over the last several years.”

Prior to the Fox Networks Group, Haslingden was CEO of the Fox International Channels and the National Geographic Channels for more than 10 years. He also held other executive positions for News Corp. in the U.S., Asia, Australia and Europe over the past two decades.

"In a little over a decade we’ve built a behemoth internationally and in the last two years we’ve helped unify FNG and set it up for a future of super-charged growth," Haslingden said in a statement. "But as terrific as Fox and National Geographic are, my family is by far my greatest love, and being away from them for almost two years is long enough. I’m delighted to be on my way home."