The Foundry, makers of Nuke among other software used in media and entertainment, has the former CEO of Shine Group Alex Mahon as chief executive. Mahon joined Shine Group, the production company behind MasterChef, Spooks and Broadchurch, in 2006 and built it up into a business operating in 12 countries before its sale in December 2014. She had previously held senior positions at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group and RTL Group.
The Foundry’s Nuke is used by studios such as DreamWorks, Double Negative and Pixar, to create visual effects. It has moved into commercial design software for clients such as Mercedes-Benz. The company is now using its expertise to create innovative IP and technology for the next generation of virtual and augmented reality environments.
Mahon started her career as a PhD Physicist and then worked at strategy consultants Mitchell Madison Group as an internet retail expert. She is currently a non-executive director of Ocado Plc and The Edinburgh International Television Festival, chairman of the RTS Awards, serves on the DCMS advisory panel on the BBC and is also Appeal Chair of The Scar Free Foundation, a national charity pioneering and transforming medical research into disfigurement.
“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,” said Mahon. “The pace of change in technology, combined with The Foundry’s reputation for cutting-edge software and passion for the creative process, allows us almost limitless opportunities for growth.”
The former CEO, Bill Collis, who remains full-time as president and board member, added, “Alex has the skills to continue the extraordinary growth The Foundry has achieved over the last decade. I’m personally looking forward to focussing on identifying new initiatives and technology partnerships to maintain the company’s entrepreneurial spirit.”