Mountain View, California – (The Hosting News) – December 20, 2005 – Michelle Guthrie, Chief Executive Officer of STAR Group Limited, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Internet infrastructure company, VeriSign, Inc.
STAR is a leading media and entertainment company in Asia. STAR broadcasts over 50 television services in eight languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries.
According to the company, Ms. Guthries has over a decade of experience in the pay television industry, and brings to VeriSign her wide-ranging knowledge of media, technology, law and business development.
According to Stratton Sclavos, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of VeriSign, ”Consumer demand for real-time information and entertainment over mobile and broadband networks is increasing exponentially on a global basis. Michelle’s track record in building successful content and distribution relationships in both Europe and Asia will be an invaluable asset in VeriSign’s long range strategy to build and operate the world’s premier digital content utility.”
Ms. Guthrie joined STAR in June 2000. She was appointed Senior Vice President, Business Development in January 2001 and was promoted to Executive Vice President for Regional Distribution and Business Development in June 2003, in charge of the operations of diverse markets across the South East Asian region, as well as identifying growth opportunities and cementing new partnerships for the company. Ms. Guthrie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of STAR in November 2003.
Ms. Guthrie commented on her appointment to the VeriSign board, ”As personalization and consumption of communications increase the demand for intelligent infrastructure services, VeriSign’s role is enhanced. VeriSign sits in such a unique position in so many markets fundamental to digital communications, content and commerce. I look forward to adding my voice to the VeriSign Board and continuing the corporation’s exciting journey.”
Ms. Guthrie has ten years of experience in the pay television industry, notably at FOXTEL in Australia and BSkyB in the U.K. As part of senior management and Director of Legal and Business Affairs at FOXTEL, Ms. Guthrie was responsible for all legal and business development operations for FOXTEL, including negotiating with channel providers, establishing new channels and evaluating new business opportunities.
Before joining News Corporation in 1994, Ms. Guthrie was a lawyer at Allen, Allen and Hemsley in Sydney and Singapore, where she focused on the media and technology sector. In addition, Ms. Guthrie is a member of the Board of Directors of joint venture companies Phoenix Satellite Television and China Network Systems.
To learn more about VeriSign, please visit: www.verisign.com.