BinWeevils, the digital social world for kids 6 to 12, appoints Rod Henwood as its new CEO.
BinWeevils, the digital social world for kids 6 to 12, has appointed Rod Henwood as its new CEO.
Henwood is an existing board director of BinWeevils, having invested in the company in 2009. He takes over as CEO from fellow investor, Richard Watney, who will continue to be involved in the business alongside a range of other entrepreneurial interests.
Henwood is a leading media and entertainment industry executive, whose roll call of achievements includes being the launch CEO of Pottermore, the digital venture for the global Harry Potter phenomenon (from 2010 to 2011), and New Business Director at Channel 4, where he launched the popular 4oD service (from 2005-2008).
Henwood was also CEO of Premium TV, now Perform Group, the listed digital sports content business, where he turned around the business prior to its sale to Access Industries (from 2003-2005).
His kids content credentials also includes three years as Managing Director for Fox Kids UK.
With a sterling career background in both the digital and kids sector, Rod is well poised to lead BinWeevils.com to its next phase of success, building on highlights which have included it becoming the UK’s number one digital social world (Comscore, H2 2012) and winning the BAFTA Kids Vote for ‘Best Website’ for two consecutive years (2011 and 2012).
BinWeevils.com has over 2 million active monthly unique users and Rod will seek to capitalise on this success by leading onto new platforms and into new markets.
BinWeevils was co-founded by Amelia Johnson and Myke Crosby. It remains the leading privately funded company in its sector, with a board comprising the co-founders (Amelia Johnson and Myke Crosby) and its investors (Rod Henwood, Richard Watney, and Miles Johnson).
Rod Henwood, CEO, BinWeevils says, “I am delighted to be taking on the role of CEO at such an exciting time in BinWeevils development and to have the opportunity to build on Richard Watney’s achievements. Online social worlds represent a safe and stimulating way to introduce kids to digital gameplay, within a moderated environment. We aim to build on our success to date by extending our service onto tablets and smartphones, as well as into International markets.”
Amelia Johnson, co-founder of BinWeevils says, “Having worked with Rod since his initial investment in the BinWeevils, I look forward to working with him in his new role as CEO, where I am sure he will lead the company to the next level. The board of BinWeevils owes a significant debt of gratitude to Richard Watney who has built the company into a fast growing and profitable business over the last three years.”
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.