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EasyJet deputy chairman named as new C4 chairman

EasyJet deputy chairman named as new C4 chairman
Staff Reporter
26 January 2016

EasyJet deputy chairman Charles Gurassa has been appointed as the next Chairman of Channel 4.

He will join the Channel 4 board on 28 January, succeeding Lord (Terry) Burns whose term ends tomorrow.

Gurassa is reported to have beaten off a number of rivals, including Mark Price, the managing director of Waitrose.

One of Gurassa’s key roles will be to dealing with the government’s review of Channel 4, which is looking at options for the broadcaster including privatisation.

Gurassa is currently Deputy Chairman of EasyJet, Chairman of the Genesis Housing Association, a Trustee of English Heritage and a Senior Independent Director for Merlin Entertainments.

His executive career included roles as Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group and Executive Chairman of TUI Northern Europe. He is also a former Chairman of Virgin Mobile and Lovefilm, and a former Deputy Chairman of the National Trust.

C4 chief executive David Abraham said: "Charles clearly brings a wealth of experience to the role from both the business world and his work in the charity and not-for-profit sectors. Having met and spoken at some length with Charles, I am confident that he will be an excellent champion of the values and purpose that sit at the heart of Channel 4."

Dame Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom Chairman, said: “I am delighted that we have appointed a Chairman of Charles’ calibre to Channel 4. He brings with him a wealth of experience built up across a broad range of sectors.

“I would also like to thank Lord Burns, Channel 4’s Chairman for the past six years. He has made a tremendous contribution to the success of Channel 4.”

Charles Gurassa said: “I am excited to be joining Channel 4, which has a unique place in UK broadcasting. I look forward to exploring Channel 4's important contribution in a rapidly changing sector.”

Gurassa’s appointment as Chairman for three years has been approved by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale MP.

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