Barbara Williams named Shaw Media president

Williams takes on the new role following the passing of Paul Robertson earlier this month.

Shaw Communications has appointed Barbara Williams as its EVP of broadcasting and president of Shaw Media, putting her at the helm of the company’s 19 specialty networks and Global Television.

Williams’ other key duties in the new role will be strengthening the company’s core business, adapting to the changing media environment and continuing to meet the needs of the audience and advertisers, according to a release on the promotion.

Williams takes over as president after four years as Shaw Media’s SVP of content; prior to that she was CanWest’s EVP of content.

Over the last four years, Williams has acquired broadcast rights for international programs, helped launched the specialty networks H2, Lifetime, FYI, CI, DIY and DTOUR and overseen the creation of several Canadian programs by Shaw, including Rookie Blue, Vikings, Lost Girl and Top Chef Canada.

Williams assumes the role of president at Shaw Media after the passing of Paul Robertson earlier this month.