John Smith (ex CEO - BBC Worldwide)

John Smith has had a widely varied career with more than 30 years’ experience in consumer businesses, including extensive leadership in talent based, creative, and digital companies. He was CEO of BBC Worldwide for 8 years, credited with a period of significant expansion and a quadrupling of the company’s profits. He has been Chairman of UKTV and of BBC Studios. Prior to that John had been both CFO and COO at the BBC. More recently he was COO of Burberry PLC and on the Board of Burberry for 8 years. He is currently an angel investor, is on the Board of NYSE listed digital company, Travelport and the Board of BAFTA, plus chairs a number of digital media and commerce companies. Previous Board positions have included Severn Trent PLC, Vickers PLC and the advisory Board of Zurich Financial Services. He was Vice President of the RTS, and is an Hon Fellow of RIBA.

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