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BBC Worldwide names consumer digital technology chief

BBC Worldwide has appointed Michael Fleshman as senior vice-president, consumer digital technology.

Fleshman, former chief technology officer and chief information officer of the Financial Times, will take responsibility for the technology delivering all BBC Worldwide’s commercial digital businesses including Global iPlayer, TopGear.com and BBCShop.com. Based in the UK, he will work with teams in the UK, New York, Singapore and Oakland and will report to Daniel Heaf, managing director and executive vice-president of digital within BBC Worldwide’s consumer digital business.

Heaf said: “Our digital business is growing fast and now represents 12.8% of revenue to the business, up from 8.1% during 2010/2011. While this is a fantastic achievement, we recognise there is much more to do. Michael is a highly respected and experienced technology professional with success in building global digital businesses at scale. I’m delighted to have him on board to support our ambitions.”