UK commercial broadcaster ITV has named Andrew Cosslett as its new chair to succeed Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is to step down after just over six years in the role and nine years on the board.
Cosslett will join the Board as an independent non-executive director and chair designate with effect from June 1 and will become non-executive chair with effect from September 29 when Bazalgette stands down.
Cosslett is also the chair of Kingfisher PLC, the international home improvement company, and is the former CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group and former chair of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body for rugby in England.
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 said: “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.”