EBU director general, Ingrid Deltenre, will step down in the summer after eight years in the role.
She is leaving to focus her attention on her board responsibilities at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Givaudan and Deutsche Post/DHL.
Deltenre said it had been a privilege to lead the EBU and said its work is invaluable in today’s climate.
“With public service media across Europe under increasing pressure from political and economic forces, I believe the role of the EBU and its work in upholding the values of public service media has never been more critical.”
EBU president Jean-Paul Phillipot said that the organisation has “substantially evolved” under Deltenre’s leadership.
“Her perseverance, dedication and energy will be missed and we thank her for having made the EBU a much more dynamic organisation.”
The EBU said it has started its search for Deltenre’s successor and aims to make an appointment by the summer to ensure a smooth transition.