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NEP COO Keith Andrews passes away over weekend

Keith Andrews, the COO and president of the broadcast division at international broadcast and studio facilities company, NEP (formerly Global Television), has died over the weekend.

Andrews passed away on Saturday morning from a heart attack.

Andrews passed away over the weekend due to a sudden heart attack

Andrews worked at NEP for seven years, joining the company as CEO of the Australian global television division.

After five years as CEO he moved into his most recent role as global COO in 2015.

Kevin Rabbitt, group CEO of NEP, said in a statement: “Keith was one of the key architects in building the NEP Worldwide Network. He will be missed by our entire team.

“Beyond being a great leader, Keith was a great person, living his life with passion and a will to win that was infectious. He and I were strong business partners but even stronger friends.

“Like many others, I am better for having known him and will continue to emulate the qualities he lived every day,” Rabbitt said paying tribute to Andrews.

Soames Treffry, NEP Australia president, said: “Keith mentored, advised and cared deeply for us all. His death is as unfathomable as his contribution to us professionally and personally was immense.

“Our hearts and deepest sympathies are with Keith’s wife Frances, his son Edward, daughter Eloise and son-in-law Hugh in this impossibly sad time,” Treffry said.

Fox Sports Australia CEO, Patrick Delany, also paid tribute to Andrews in a statement: “All of us at Fox Sports are deeply saddened by news of Keith’s passing.

“Keith has been a true friend of the Fox Sports Australia family for many years. He has been a valuable and constant partner behind the scenes as Fox Sports has evolved to become the leader of Australian sports broadcasting.

“Originally as head of Global Television, which was subsequently acquired by NEP, Keith oversaw the outside broadcasting services for Fox Sports’ coverage of AFL and NRL helping us push the boundaries to evolve and improve the level of coverage offered to Australian viewers and subscribers.

“It was this passion which saw him promoted to president and chief operating officer of the global NEP Group, based in the US, in 2015.

“As a man, Keith was both a friend professionally and personally to many of our executives, a constant and collaborative supporter and most of all a true gentleman of the industry who will leave a legacy for many years to come.

“Our thoughts are with his family, wife Frances, daughter Eloise and son Edward,” he said.

 

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