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 2009 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.
Andrew Garard is Chair of ITN. 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.
Maggie Carver is 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 Vice-Chairman of the British Board of Film Classification, Managing Director of Carvercare Mobility Group, Chairman of Racetech and a non-executive director on the board of the Service, Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC). From July 1st 2015 Maggie will become Chairman of the Racecourse Association.
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 joined ITV in 2000 and has held a range of roles across corporate strategy, general management, digital media, policy & regulation, and public affairs. He was promoted to the ITV Management Board in the role of Director of Strategy and Transformation in January 2011, then to Director of Strategy and Technology in March 2013 to combine leadership of ITV's Technology and Broadcast Operations teams with implementation of ITV's overall strategic plan. He took on his most recent role in December 2014 with a remit to grow ITV's Online, Pay TV and Interactive businesses alongside continued leadership of the Technology Group. Simon also has responsibility for SDN, ITV’s digital multiplex business, and sits on the board of YouView, the connected television joint venture owned by the UK public service broadcasters, BT, Talk Talk and Arqiva. Simon is also a Trustee of the Royal Television Society. Before ITV Simon worked in the European Parliament in Brussels where he specialised in media issues.
Graham Brown first joined DMGT in 1988.
In his early years with DMGT he worked as the finance director of various non-strategic businesses with the brief to deliver an exit from these operations. This role covered the largest fleet of London taxis, a deep water port, a general book publisher, a commercial vehicle garage, a chain of diesel filling stations and an industrial studding manufacturer.
In 1996 Graham became finance director of the Group’s radio division, building the division through acquisition before selling it 2000 at a significant profit. He then joined Carphone Warehouse shortly after its flotation as Business Development Director responsible for M&A including the acquisition of Opal Telecom which formed the basis for the launch of TalkTalk.
At the end of 2003 he was brought back by DMGT, initially working with Teletext and then became head of M&A for the consumer media division, DMG Media. He has worked on many transactions, including the disposal of the Evening Standard in 2010 to Alexander Lebedev, the merger of online property assets that formed Zoopla (floated in 2014 at a valuation c. £900m) and the recent disposal of DMGT’s online recruitment business, including Jobsite, to Axel Springer.