Gautam Rangarajan, a former producer and programme editor for BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4, is to take over as the corporation’s Director of Strategy.
Mr Rangarajan will report to James Purnell, the Director of Strategy and Digital, and will be in charge of devising and implementing strategy for the BBC.
He moves from his roles as Controller, Public Service Strategy after five years in the department.
BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, said: “This is a first-class appointment. With his extensive experience of the BBC and his forensic insight into the broadcasting industry, Gautam was the outstanding candidate. His breadth of knowledge and intellect will provide strong leadership as we prepare for the BBC’s centenary in 2022.”
Gautam Rangarajan said: “The BBC is a force for good in this country and around the world. It’s an honour for me to be asked to lead the strategy team that will be shaping the BBC’s future direction.”