Alex Mahon is the CEO at The Foundry, the leading design and visual and 3D effects software firm. The software is for the design, visualisation and entertainment industries; clients include Pixar, Weta, ILM, Mercedes Benz and the virtual reality sector. The high-growth company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in London, with 300 staff in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and the UK. Â In 2015, the company was acquired by HgCapital for Â£200m.
Alex was previously CEO of Shine Group, departing in 2015 after successfully contributing the content creation company into a new 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global JV to merge Shine with Endemol. She joined Shine as Managing Director in 2006 and built the group through M&A and organic growth into an organisation with 27 creative labels in 12 countries, Â£700m in revenues, with brands including MasterChef, Biggest Loser, Broadchurch, Spooks & The Bridge. Prior to this she had a career in media across Europe, at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group and RTL Group. This followed from her early career as a PhD Physicist and then at strategy consultants Mitchell Madison Group working in the internet retail sector.
Alex is the Senior Independent Director at Ocado Plc, co-Founder of WeAreTV, Chairman of Bandstand Productions and a venture partner at LocalGlobe. Also Chairman of Royal Television Society Programme Awards, NED at Edinburgh International Television Festival, a member of the Government's DCMS Advisory Panel on the BBC, and Appeal Chair of The Scar Free Foundation - a national charity funding pioneering and transformative medical research into disfigurement.