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FuboTV appoints Ahn as first chief business officer

| By Robert Fletcher
Sports streaming service and betting operator FuboTV has appointed Henry Ahn to the newly created role of chief business officer.
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Based in New York City, Ahn will oversee FuboTV’s content strategy and licensing, as well as business development. He will report directly to FuboTV co-founder and chief executive David Gandler.

Ahn will transition from his current role on the FuboTV board of directors in order to take on the new position. He has been a member of the FuboTV board since July 2020.

Ahn previously spent more than two and a half years as president of distribution and content partnerships at Univision Communications, while he also spent almost seven years as president of content distribution and marketing for Scripps Network Interactive.

His other roles have included executive vice-president of TV networks distribution for NBC Universal, senior vice-president of affiliates sales at NBCU Cable Networks and director finance and administration at NBC Cable.

“I am thrilled to be working with David and the entire FuboTV team even more closely going forward,” Ahn said. “Ever since my involvement with FuboTV, which goes back even before I joined the board in 2020, I was impressed by David and his team, who have consistently out-delivered results in the fast-growing streaming business. 

“I look forward to working constructively with media companies, other content providers and distribution companies to continue to bring great sports and entertainment programming in an affordable manner to our FuboTV customers.”

Gandler added: “At Fubo, Henry’s focus will be on managing our content licensing strategy and costs, working with Ben and Len who have done a great job leading our partnerships, in an effort to maximise value for our customers and shareholders as we scale our subscriber base.”

Meanwhile, FuboTV has also appointed former National Football League (NFL) executive Julie Haddon to its board of directors. 

Haddon, who is an owner of the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), will also join the board’s audit committee with immediate effect.

“Julie is an incredibly respected sports, media and tech business leader who has built global audiences for some of the world’s biggest leagues and brands,” Gandler said.

“I have no doubt Julie will bring a valuable perspective to FuboTV as we aim to transform the TV space for consumers while providing value to our shareholders. I’m looking forward to working closely with Julie and welcoming her to FuboTV’s board of directors.”

The double appointment comes after FuboTV last month became the subject of a class action lawsuit in New York over claims it misled investors concerning its acquisition of Balto Sports and prospects of achieving success as an online sportsbook operator.

The case against the New York-listed business was filed at the Southern District of New York on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired common stock of Fubo from 23 March 2020 to 4 January 2021.

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