Welsh-language pubcaster S4C has appointed public servant Owen Evans as its CEO, replacing the outgoing Ian Jones, effective Oct. 1.
Evans (pictured) currently serves as deputy permanent secretary to the Welsh government, with oversight of education and public services, a budget of £6.6 billion (US$8.5 billion) and 1,200 employees.
He joined the civil service in 2010 as the Welsh Government’s director of higher education, skills and lifelong learning, taking on additional responsibilities in 2012 and again in 2015.
Prior to this, Evans served as director of business in the community for Wales, and held a variety of positions over the span of a decade at British multinational telecommunications giant BT.
Jones, meanwhile, is to depart the Cardiff-based broadcaster following seven years in the role after the UK government completes its independent review of the channel this fall.
“We are very fortunate to be able to appoint as S4C’s leader for the coming years someone who has demonstrated his ability in so many fields,” S4C chair Huw Jones said in a statement. “Owen has shown more than once during his career the ability to adapt and take on major new responsibilities, including in the field of technology and the Welsh language.”