The BBC has appointed Tom Fussell as CEO of BBC Studios, the public broadcaster’s commercial production and distribution arm.
Fussell has served as the studio’s interim CEO since September 2020, overseeing its global delivery of strategy and performance alongside its COVID-19 response. Fussell will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of BBC Studios’ global expansion plans, deepening employee engagement and wellbeing, as well as sustainability, diversity and inclusion efforts.
In the role, Fussell will also be a member of the BBC’s executive committee.
“In the last year, Tom has proven himself an outstanding leader for BBC Studios, steering the company through its most difficult times with both conviction and compassion, and delivering strong results,” said Tim Davie, BBC director-general, via a statement.
Fussell joined BBC Worldwide as chief financial officer in 2016, before taking on the same role at BBC Studios in 2018, later adding property and technology to his responsibilities. Fussell also previously served as CFO of Shine Group from 2013 to 2015.
The news comes after BBC Studios’ 2020/21 financial results showed the producer’s sales dropped 10% and profits dipped 17% during a year Fussell described as extremely challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Fussell’s interim leadership, BBC Studios confirmed its commitment to achieve its five-year financial returns target, despite the effects of the pandemic.