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Mark Buckman to depart Foxtel after 18 months

Foxtel’s managing director of customer and retail, Mark Buckman, will leave the company in December, the pay TV operator confirmed this afternoon.

Buckman, who joined Foxtel after a two year stint in the UK, was previously CMO of Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank. He was appointed to PwC’s CMO advisory board in March.

Foxtel CMO Mark Buckman is to leave in December

A company spokesperson confirmed Buckman will be leaving the company, telling Mumbrella in a statement: “Foxtel is very sorry that Mark Buckman has decided to move on from Foxtel after 18 months.

“In that relatively short period Mark has initiated significant change. This includes the reset of the Foxtel brand with a new identity and new positioning (Foxtel for Everyone), the successful launch of Foxtel Now, the significant boost to our data driven marketing capability and the acceleration of the digitisation of our customer processes.

“Mark will stay with Foxtel until mid December and we wish him every success in the future.”

Buckman was appointed April 2016 to revamp Foxtel’s sales, marketing and customer service operations by incoming CEO Peter Tonagh.

His departure comes two weeks after the departure of Deanne Weir, executive director of channel aggregation and wholesale. Weir’s appointment was announced by Foxtel shortly before Buckman’s as part of a company-wide restructure by the new CEO. 

At the time, Tonagh said: “I have decided to restructure key aspects of Foxtel’s business so that Mark will take responsibility for both Foxtel’s sales and marketing functions and all customer service operations.”

Buckman has been contacted by Mumbrella for comment.

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