Asia braces for leadership changes Rozhan, Cox going, Tan takes top job, speculation rife about iflix’s Carey

June opened with whiplash activity on the jobs front, led by the announcement that Rohana Rozhan had resigned as group chief executive of Malaysian media company Astro, and that Astro veteran, Henry Tan, had been appointed to replace her from February 2019. 

At the same time, a LinkedIn job post for a global chief content officer for an unidentified emerging markets streaming platform started to go viral, sparking off speculation that iflix was hunting for a replacement for existing content boss, the L.A.-based Sean Carey. 

The lengthy job description described the Southeast Asia-based company as a rapidly growing international SVOD service targetting consumers in emerging markets. The post was taken down over the weekend, 

iflix has not confirmed (or denied) Carey’s departure and said only that “we are actively hiring senior content people in Asia as we focus more on local”.

Carey hasn’t commented. 

Another significant exit looms, this time in Japan where Disney is about to lose 14-year veteran Eddie Cox. Cox is retiring from his role as VP/GM television and mobile for The Walt Disney Company Japan, and exits by the end of August. Disney has confirmed the move and said a replacement hadn’t yet been chosen. Cox has been with Disney Japan since September 2003 and before that worked for Turner in Japan for six years. 

Lower key exits are known to be happening at Viacom International Media Networks in Singapore, where president/MD Asia Pacific Mark Whitehead is paring down his team. Five people are said to have been made redundant in the latest cuts. The company is not commenting.