Carolyn McCall has been appointed as the new chief executive of ITV.
She will join ITV on 8th January from easyJet where she has been chief executive for seven years. Prior to easyJet, McCall was group chief executive of the Guardian Media Group.
McCall replaces Adam Crozier who announced his decision to stand down in May.
Her appointment marks the first time ITV has had a female chief executive. It follows Alex Mahon’s appointment as chief executive of Channel 4 last month, putting female leaders at the helm of Britain’s two largest commercial broadcasters.
Speaking of her appointment, McCall said: “I’m really pleased to be joining ITV. It is a fantastic company in a dynamic and stimulating sector. 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.”
ITV chairman Peter Bazalgette added: “In a very impressive field of high calibre 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.”