Maria Kyriacou

President, ViacomCBS Networks UK and Australia

Maria Kyriacou is President of ViacomCBS Networks UK and Australia, with additional responsibility for Ireland, New Zealand and Israel.

Based in London, Maria has full management oversight of all ViacomCBS operations in its two most valuable international markets, which includes flagship brands MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, as well as free-to-air broadcast networks Channel 5 in the UK and Network 10 in Australia. Maria is also charged with driving forward ViacomCBS’ streaming and in-house studios strategy. She reports to Raffaele Annecchino, President and CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI).

Prior to this role, Maria was President of International at ITV Studios where she oversaw its international production business and worldwide distribution arm, ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Leading an executive committee with responsibilities for strategy, sales, operations, finance, risk management, people management and M&A, Maria is credited with expanding ITV Studios’ international growth revenues and attracting new talent to the business.

Maria joined ITV Studios from The Walt Disney Company where she was Senior Vice President, Digital Media Distribution EMEA, with responsibility for the company’s digital media sales and strategy across both channel and programme distribution. In September 2018, she was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Wizz Air PLC, one of the fastest growing low cost airlines in Europe.    

Before entering the media world, Kyriacou worked in the Audit and Advisory Services division at Price Waterhouse Coopers.