Jetix Europe Gets New CEO

Paul Taylor has exited and John Hardie has entered as Jetix Europe’s new chief executive officer, according to multiple news sources.

Variety reports that Hardie will retain his job as exec VP and managing director of the Disney channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and take over the new job immediately. Disney announced in December that it will up its stake in Jetix from 75 to 100 percent.

Disney bought its share in Jetix when it purchased Fox Family Worldwide from News Corp in 2001. Jetix began a stock buyback program in January that will eventually delist it from the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange later in February.

“Paul has done an exemplary job in his four years as CEO and we wish him the very best in future endeavors,” said Andy Bird, chairman of the supervisory board of Jetix Europe, to C21 MEDIA.