Macallister to exit, Jackson upped at BBCWW

As part of a major reorganization, BBC Worldwide's president and managing director of sales and distribution, Steve Macallister (pictured), is departing, while Helen Jackson has been named chief content officer.
December 18, 2012

As part of a major reorganization, BBC Worldwide’s president and managing director of sales and distribution, Steve Macallister (pictured), is departing, while Helen Jackson has been named chief content officer.

The moves are part of a reconfiguration from divisional to geographic lines of management that were proposed earlier this year, which have already seen Jana Bennett, BBC Worldwide’s president of worldwide networks, leave the company. The reorganization takes effect beginning on April 2.

Helen Jackson, currently managing director of content and production, will step into the role of chief content officer. She will oversee the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide’s content strategy and will cover BBC Worldwide’s content development and acquisition activity, channels curation and editorial standards. She will work closely with the BBC and production partners to further strengthen these relationships.

The chief sales officer role has been abandoned, while responsiblity for Western Europe is now part of a wider European territory role, under global markets.

As a result of these changes, Steve Macallister has decided to leave BBC Worldwide at the end of March. He has been with the company since 2007, where he led the sales and distribution department’s growth.

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead what is in my view the finest distribution team in the industry, as well as to represent what is undoubtedly the world’s greatest television catalog,” said Macallister in a statement. “Whilst it is never easy to leave, this feels like the right time and it fills me with enormous pride to have grown the business to its current industry leading position.”

BBC Worldwide will seek a director of operations – a new role which will oversee technology, property and operations/sales fulfilment – while the role of chief brands officer is currently being appointed and will be announced soon.

“We are entering a new era for BBC Worldwide with an exciting array of opportunities for growth, both in mature and emerging markets, as well as in the explosion of digital routes to market,” said interim CEO of BBC Worldwide, Paul Dempsey.

On the topic of Macallister’s departure, Dempsey said: “Steve has been a great colleague since he joined BBC Worldwide five years ago. In that time he has professionalized BBC Worldwide’s sales and distribution operation and gone on to deliver consistently outstanding results for the business, whilst playing a huge role in championing British program making around the world. We will all be sorry to see him leave and I would like to thank him for everything he has done for BBC Worldwide.”

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