UK commercial broadcaster ITV has appointed Carolyn McCall as its new chief executive.
McCall will become the first woman to run ITV when she takes up the role, effective Jan 8. 2018.
ITV chair Peter Bazalgette noted that “in a very impressive field of high caliber candidates, Carolyn stood out for her track record in media, experience of an international operation, clear strategic acumen and strong record of delivering value to shareholders. I’m delighted we’ll be working together at ITV.”
McCall joins ITV from British airline easyJet, where she has been chief executive for seven years. Prior to easyJet, Carolyn was group chief executive of the Guardian Media Group.
During her tenure at easyJet, McCall brought a customer-focused approach to the business and “redefined what passengers now expect from short-haul flights,” according to a statement from ITV. “easyJet’s innovative approach has driven both passenger loyalty and growth and delivered sustained success for easyJet’s shareholders.”
“I’m really pleased to be joining ITV. It is a fantastic company in a dynamic and stimulating sector,” said McCall, in a statement. “I am looking forward to getting to know all of the people at ITV and helping it make the most of the amazing opportunities that it has in the future.”
Carolyn has been a non-executive director of Burberry since 2014. She also sits on the Board of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is a Trustee at the Royal Academy. Carolyn has also held non-executive director roles with Lloyds TSB (2008 – 2009), Tesco (2005 – 2008) and New Look (1999 – 2005).