9 FEB 2023

Keshet International confirmed three key promotions within its team

Keshet International’s new CEO, Keren Shahar, has announced the promotion of three key direct reports at the global producer and distributor, with immediate effect.

9 FEB 2023

Gadi Ben-Dror, Kelly Wright and Saar Dor

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Keshet International’s new CEO, Keren Shahar, has announced the promotion of three key direct reports at the global producer and distributor, with immediate effect, naming a new Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of Distribution, and General Counsel.

Shahar stepped up from her previous role as COO and President of Distribution to lead Keshet Media Group’s international operations as CEO of Keshet International at the start of this year. In her first move as CEO, Shahar has named Chief Finance Officer Saar Dor to be her second-in-command, passing on the mantle of Chief Operating Officer to him. As the newly appointed COO, Dor will take on responsibility for all business and operational aspects relating to the international company's activities from Shahar, while continuing with his current day-to-day responsibilities as CFO.

Dor first joined Keshet Media Group in 2013 as Financial Controller from accountancy firm EY, before being appointed Keshet International’s CFO in 2019. During this time, Dor has been instrumental in enabling Keshet International to expand its production interests across Europe through various acquisitions, as well as successfully bringing to screen international dramas such as “Our Boys” (HBO), “Echo 3” and “Suspicion” (both Apple TV+).

Stepping up to backfill the second role vacated by Shahar is Kelly Wright, who is being promoted from her current role as SVP of Distribution and New Business to the newly created position of Managing Director of Distribution. In addition to leading Keshet International’s sales team, Wright will also scale-up her regular managerial responsibilities to become a member of Keshet International’s global leadership team.

Since joining Keshet International as a Sales Director in 2013, and then stepping up to become Shahar’s deputy in 2018, Wright has played an integral role in driving forward Keshet International’s distribution strategy and expanding its operations around the world, with a particular focus on the Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions.

Finally, Shahar is promoting Gadi Ben-Dror to the role of General Counsel and Keshet International’s global leadership team. Ben-Dror joined the company in 2017 as legal counsel having worked at various leading Israeli law firms, focusing his practice on technology, license, and cross-border M&A transaction.

“I am thrilled to be able to acknowledge Saar, Kelly and Gadi’s hard work and dedication to Keshet International during the time we have already worked together with these three well-deserved promotions. They are all ambitious and driven individuals, who thrive when pushed to think outside the box and inspire others to do the same. I am honored to have them as part of Keshet International’s global leadership team and looking forward to working more closely with them both to continue our expansion in our existing businesses as well as new arenas as we enter our second decade,”  Keren Shahar commented.