Jeremy Darroch, CEO Sky takes over the Chair role at Business in the Community from January next year and will be instrumental in helping us to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.
Jeremy has been in his current role at Sky since 2007, driving consistent business performance and growth, alongside continued dedication and investment in its Bigger Picture social purpose and community initiatives. He was a driving force behind the cycling initiatives that helped get over 1.5m people riding bikes more regularly and the Sky Academy and Sky Sports Living for Sports programmes, in which more than half a million young people have participated.
Jeremy is appointed with HRH The Prince of Wales’ full endorsement and he will take over from Antony Jenkins on 1 January 2018.
Commenting on his appointment, Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said: “We could not be more pleased that Jeremy Darroch will be our new Chair. He will help our mission to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart. As CEO of Sky, Jeremy has shown his commitment to placing trust and values at the heart of his organisation.”
In 2009, Jeremy oversaw the launch of Sky’s Rainforest Rescue, in partnership with WWF, which helped raise £9m to protect 1bn trees in the Amazon. And more recently, Jeremy announced Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign, in which Sky aims to use its position as Europe’s leading entertainment business to raise awareness of how plastics and other pollution affect ocean health. As part of Sky Ocean Rescue, Sky has committed to eliminate all single-use plastics from its operations, products and supply chain by 2020.
Jeremy Darroch said: “With many challenges facing the world and society today, the work of Business in the Community – to build a fairer society and a more sustainable future – has never been more important. These values are aligned with the values we aim to live up to every day at Sky. I’m excited to share my own experiences and to learn from others within the BITC network, so that together we can ensure businesses make a valuable contribution to the societies in which we work and live.”