The latest stop on Kevin Mayer’s recent tumultuous career is Access Industries, the investment firm founded by Len Blavatnik.
Mayer rose through the ranks at Disney over a 15 year period to emerge as its DTC chairman and oversaw the launch of Disney+ in November 2019. He left shortly after in May of this year after he was overlooked for the CEO position, taking up the mantle of CEO at short-form video app TikTok.
That tenure however was short-lived, and Mayer handed in his notice after three months and threats to the ByteDance-owned company by incumbent US president Donald Trump.
Mayer is now back in the industry after a little more than two months, joining Access Industries as a senior media adviser. Access was founded in 1986 by American-British billionaire Len Blavatnik, and has significant investments in Warner Media Group, DAZN (which Blavatnik also owns), and audio streaming service Deezer.
Blavatnik said: “Kevin has an unrivalled depth of experience building successful global media and entertainment enterprises. He will bring invaluable knowledge and insight across a range of Access’s investment areas.”
Mayer added: “I look forward to helping Access build on the success of its leading media and entertainment businesses as a key component of my future endeavors. Len has created a company with a variety of impressive assets well positioned to move forward strongly in the years ahead.”
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