John Hardie joined ITN in June 2009 as CEO. Prior to joining ITN, John was Executive Vice President and Managing Director Walt Disney Television EMEA from 2001 to 2009. He built Disney Channel from a boutique pay TV channel in 9 million homes generating $200m revenue to become by far the most successful kids TV business in Europe with distribution in 44 million homes generating $500m revenue. Between 1997 and 2001 John was Marketing and Commercial Director of ITV Network Ltd. John was born and bred in Glasgow where he is also graduated from Glasgow University.
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Bryan was appointed Chief Financial Officer of ITN in January this year having spent six months as a Finance Consultant to ITN. Having initially trained and qualified with PwC, Bryan spent the next 16 years working at Reuters, progressing to a very senior level within finance. He has a strong track record of delivering above target business performance and change management. He spent his last three years at Reuters as Global Head of Finance, reporting to the Group CFO. He left as a result of the Thomson Reuters merger and joined the Everymind consultancy in 2008.
Maggie Carver is Chairman of ITN. She is also UBM's representative on the board and has a background in investment banking followed by a career mainly in the media sector. Previously she was Managing Director of Channel Four Racing and outside broadcast company Global Broadcast as well as being Chairman of SDN Ltd which broadcasts digital terrestrial television. She has considerable experience as a non-executive director including, in the media sector, Channel Five and programme producer RDF Media plc. She is currently Managing Director of Carvercare Mobility Group and a non-executive director on the boards of the Eden Project and the British Board of Film Classification.
Andrew joined ITV as Group Legal Director and General Counsel in November 2007. Previously, Andrew was a Partner in the corporate department of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & Macrae, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and projects primarily in the telecoms & media sectors in Europe, Asia and the US. Prior to that, Andrew was Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at Cable & Wireless PLC, responsible for global legal, regulatory, compliance & insurance affairs. He has also held positions at Reuters Group PLC (global head of legal & deputy general counsel based in the UK & general counsel Asia based in Hong Kong) and in the corporate departments of both Freshfields and Clifford Chance.
Geert Linnebank is Thomson Reuters representative on the ITN board. Geert was Editor-in-Chief of Reuters from 2000 to 2006 and Reuters Global Head of Content from 2002 to 2006. He joined that company in Brussels in 1983 as a correspondent covering European Union affairs. Previously, he was a correspondent for AP-Dow Jones.
Simon Pitts is Director of Strategy and Transformation at ITV. Simon joined ITV in 2000 and has held roles in ITV’s public affairs, regulatory and new media departments before joining the strategy team in 2007. He was promoted into his current role in January 2011, the main focus of which is to manage ITV’s 5 Year Transformation Plan. Simon also runs SDN, ITV’s digital multiplex business, and sits on the board of Digital UK, the body set up to oversee the UK’s switch from analogue to digital television. Before ITV Simon worked in the European Parliament in Brussels where he specialised in media issues.
Mike Stewart has been on the ITN Board since November 1999. Until January 2010 he was Managing Director of Teletext Limited, part of the Daily Mail and General Trust Group. He also chaired Rental Systems Limited, an on-line travel retailer, and co-chaired Inview Interactive Limited, a television data services company. Prior to joining Teletext he was Director of Corporate Development at Philips Electronics UK Limited and Managing Director of Philips Defence (Microwave) UK Limited. He continues to serve on the ITN Board at the request of the Daily Mail and General Trust Group. Stewart also chairs the ITN Remuneration Committee.