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Tim Davie to take over from John Smith as BBC Worldwide ceo

Tim Davie to take over from John Smith as BBC Worldwide ceo
Staff Reporter
19 October 2012

Chief executive officer of BBC Worldwide John Smith is to step down after eight years. He will be succeeded by Tim Davie, currently director of BBC Audio & Music.

Under Smith’s leadership, the BBC’s commercial arm has doubled its revenue, growing profits four-fold, almost tripling margins and returning more than £1.3 billion to the BBC.

Smith told staff he is leaving the BBC to pursue new opportunities in the commercial sector. Davies will take over at the beginning of December.

BBC Director-General George Entwistle, said: “John has turned the company into a truly global phenomenon delivering a fantastic financial injection into the BBC every year. He leaves the company ideally set up for the future challenges it faces in a digital world.”

Davie has been the BBC’s director of Audio & Music since 2008, before which he was director of the BBC's Marketing, Communications & Audiences division from April 2005 and vice president, Marketing and Franchise, PepsiCo Europe, where he managed business franchises across 10 international markets, as well as overseeing global brand marketing outside North America.

In his current role he has overall responsibility for BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and the BBC digital radio stations 1Xtra, 6Music, BBC 4Extra and the Asian Network, as well as overseeing the three BBC orchestras in England, the BBC Singers, the BBC Proms and leading the BBC’s music output on television and online.

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