DirecTV said it has named former Fox Networks executive Anthony Vinciquerra to its board of directors.
Vinciquerra is currently a senior advisor to private equity firm Texas Pacific Group’s Technology, Media and Telecom sectors, advising on acquisitions and operations across all of TPG's investing arenas (TPG Capital, TPG Growth and TPG Opportunities). Previously, he was chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, which housed the Fox Television Network, Fox Cable Networks, Fox Sports and Fox International Channels.
Vinciquerra left Fox in 2011 after about 10 years. He also previously held senior positions at Hearst Argyle, CBS Television Station Group and earlier in his career was general manager of KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
A 2009 inductee into the B&C Hall of Fame, Vinciquerra was known as a tough negotiator in his days at Fox, and could lend some of that knowledge and deal savvy to DirecTV as the satellite giant strives to reduce programming costs.
"Tony is a stellar addition to our board and his counsel will be extremely valuable to DirecTV as we continue to navigate through a fiercely competitive environment and increasingly difficult contract negotiations with programmers," DirecTV chairman and CEO Mike White said in a statement. "His expertise in television production, broadcasting, sports and international programming perfectly complement the broad experience of our current directors and ensures DirecTV will continue to have a talented and well-rounded Board."