Mike Fries is Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Liberty Global, the largest international TV and broadband company in the world, with operations in 10 European countries and over 44 million broadband, video, voice and mobile subscribers.
Liberty Global is recognized as a global leader in entertainment, media and communications, spearheading gigabit broadband speeds, actively integrating traditional video and OTT platforms, and converging fixed and wireless services with quad play bundles.
Annualized full company revenue is $15 billion. The company also owns 50% of VodafoneZiggo, a Dutch joint venture, which has 10 million fixed line subscribers and 5 million mobile subscribers.
Mike was a founding member of the management team that launched the company’s international expansion 28 years ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2005 and serves as a member of its two-person Executive Committee along with Chairman, Dr John C Malone.
Mike is also Executive Chairman of Liberty Latin America (LLA), a leading broadband and mobile operator in Chile, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and other parts of Latin America. LLA serves 9 million broadband, video, voice and mobile subscribers across 20 countries and generates $3.7 billion of annualized revenue. LLA was split off from Liberty Global to focus purely on organic and strategic growth in the region. Mike also serves on the corporate boards of Grupo Televisa and Lionsgate Entertainment.
Mike is an engaged industry and community leader. He also serves as trustee for Cable Labs and The Paley Center for Media, and he chairs the board for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Biennial of the Americas. He is a Digital Communications Governor and Steering Committee Member of the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Presidents’ Organization.
Recognition for his achievements includes EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications, Industry Leader of the Year by Digital TV Europe, and inductions into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Cable Hall of Fame, which recognizes pioneers and leaders in the cable industry.
Mike holds a BA from Wesleyan University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Columbia University, where he is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Business School.Back to Leadership