Guthrie hired as managing director

Providence Equity Partners, a buyout firm specializing in the media biz, has hired Michelle Guthrie, former prexy of News Corp.’s Star satellite TV arm, as managing director for the Asia-Pacific region.

Guthrie joined Rupert Murdoch’s Hong Kong-based Star in 2000, becoming chief exec in 2003.

Providence has been expanding its presence in Asia, opening offices in Hong Kong and New Delhi and making some key hirings, including Rothschild’s top banker in the region, Andrew Rickards, as Asia managing director.

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