Anne Bulford, the BBC’s deputy director general and the first woman to hold the role, is stepping down in the spring of 2019.
According to the British pubcaster, Bulford has decided to leave the post to “pursue a portfolio of non-executive roles.”
An executive with the BBC since 2013, Bulford was MD of finance and operations for the company prior to her appointment as deputy director-general in 2016.
In her role, she oversaw the finance, HR, legal, risk and technology (design and engineering) functions of the BBC. In addition she managed the BBC’s strategy, marketing and audience activities, as well as serving on the board of Children in Need.
“Anne has been an inspirational leader. She has brought real insight and determination in bringing change to the BBC,” said director-general Tony Hall in a statement. “Her achievements at the BBC are many — she has ensured the BBC continues to innovate and deliver hugely popular services to the public. She has vastly improved the BBC’s efficiency to industry leading levels. She has led a transformation in the BBC’s working practices.
“Anne leaves the BBC a stronger organisation than the one she joined six years ago,” he added. “She has been a first class colleague and an absolute pleasure to work with. I wish her every success for the future.”
“It’s been an honor to be the first woman Deputy Director-General of the BBC and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved since 2013,” said Bulford.
The BBC will announce plans for the post in the near future.