Freesat managing director Emma Scott is to leave the free-to-air satellite TV platform after seven years.

Scott joined the company as launch director in 2006 after 10 years at the BBC. She became managing director in 2007 and will step down at the end of the year.

Over her tenure, Scott has grown the reach of the platform to almost 2m homes and overseen developments including an expanding HD portfolio of channels, a range of catch-up services, iOS and Android app and seven-day ‘roll back’ EPG.

Scott said she was proud of what her team had achieved. “Freesat now offers viewers who do not wish to pay a monthly subscription a state of the art connected television service,” she said.

“Freesat has built this service, now used in almost 2 million homes, by embracing new ways of curating content and by harnessing technology that looks to the future. I am particularly proud of Showcase, the only editorially driven recommendations service on a UK TV platform.”

Chairman Bal Samra added: “Emma’s commitment and belief in the importance of ‘free’ TV has been unstinting. While Freesat’s shareholders and team will greatly miss Emma’s professionalism, drive and tenacity, we wish her every success in her future career.”

Freesat finance director Alistair Thom has been promoted to managing director and will take up the role from January 2015.

Emma Scott CV

2007-date: Managing director, Freesat

1999-2007: Head of BBC director general’s office and launch director for Freeview

1997-1999: Senior adviser for corporate strategy, BBC

1993-1996: Business development and strategy analyst, Optus

1990-1992: Parliamentary manager for Austin Mitchell MP, House of Commons