It was only a question of "when" Paul Aiello would take full control of the reins as chief executive at STAR Group in Hong Kong. That was the prognosis by Digital Broadcasters Vendor News at the time of Aiello's appointment last year. No mention was made of "illness" over Michelle Guthrie's departure as CEO which takes effect on March 1, just days away. It was an important announcement for the regional satellite broadcaster, as evidenced by the quote from Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive, News Corporation who said that, “Paul has done an exceptional job at STAR since joining the company, leading its corporate team and overseeing its overall growth strategy. Paul’s business acumen, strong leadership and financial skills as well as in- depth knowledge of the diverse and complex media and telecommunications industries in Asia make him the ideal candidate to steer the long-term growth and success of the company.
Digital Broadcasters Vendor News noted that Murdoch was gracious to Guthrie when he thanked her for overseeing an important period of growth for the Star Group.
The news of Guthrie's departure was originally issued on January 12,2007.