ITV has appointed chair of Kingfisher Andrew Cossett as its new chairman, effective from 29th September.
He joins the board as a non-executive director and chair designate on 1st June, and takes over his new role when current Peter Bazalgette steps down after six years in the role.
According to the broadcaster, Cosslett has extensive stakeholder management experience, has worked internationally across an extensive range of businesses and has a strong track record in strategic business transformation. He is the former chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and former chair of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body for rugby in England.
Speaking about Cosslett’s appointment, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said: “ITV is very grateful to Baz for the role he has played as our chair as we have transformed the company into the much stronger, more flexible and digitally scaled business it is today. He will be greatly missed by the entire business.
“The next few years will be exciting for ITV as we launch ITVX and continue to deliver our digital acceleration. I’m really pleased that Andrew, with his huge wealth of experience, will be with us as chair as we continue to grow and deliver on our ambition.”
Cosslett addedL “I am delighted to be joining ITV. This is an exciting time for the media sector with viewing habits and the needs of advertisers evolving rapidly. During the years of Peter’s chairmanship ITV has undergone a remarkable transformation and is very well placed to take advantage of these sector trends.
“The company has an enviable reputation for connecting with millions of people every day, reflecting and shaping culture. I am looking forward to supporting Carolyn and the team on the next leg of their exciting journey.”