David Haslingden, the president and COO of Fox Networks Group, will step down at the end of the calendar year, NewsCorp. said Wednesday.
Haslingden, who has served in the position since January 2011, is leaving to return to his native Australia and spend more time with his family, the company said.
Prior to becoming FNG's president and COO, Haslingden served as the CEO of Fox International Channels (FIC), which he was instrumental in creating and developing, and National Geographic Channels Worldwide. Overall, he has been with NewsCorp. for two decades.
Thanking his colleagues for his career at NewsCorp., Haslingden said, "In a little over a decade we've built a behemoth internationally and in the last two years we've helped unify FNG and set it up for a future of super-charged growth. But as terrific as Fox and National Geographic are, my family is by far my greatest love, and being away from them for almost two years is long enough. I'm delighted to be on my way home."
Also read: DirecTV Threatens to Pull FX, Nat Geo, Other Fox Networks Channels NewsCorp. president and COO Chase Carey said Haslingden has been "a driving force in the evolution of the pay-TV industry" who "has uniquely positioned Fox to succeed for years to come in what has quickly become one of our company's fastest-growing business segments." Carey added, "I respect his decision to return to Australia to spend more time with his family, and we wish him nothing but the best during the next phase of his career."
Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Peter Rice said Haslingden has "built an incredible foundation" for FNG.
"As we look to continue FNG's incredible growth trajectory, our future successes will in many ways be the result of David's innovative leadership over the last several years," Rice added. "He will be missed by all of us."