Rona Fairhead CBE is the Government’s preferred candidate for the BBC Trust Chairman, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today.
The non-executive director of HSBC and PepsiCo has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate following an open recruitment process, overseen by an independent Public Appointments Assessor. She will now appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on September 9.
Sajid Javid said: “Rona Fairhead is an exceptional individual with a highly impressive career history. Her experience of working with huge multinational corporations will undoubtedly be a real asset at the BBC Trust. I have no doubt she will provide the strong leadership the position demands and will prove to be a worthy champion of licence fee payers.
“I am sure that under Rona’s leadership the BBC will continue to play a central role in informing, educating and entertaining the nation.”
Rona Fairhead said: “The BBC is a great British institution packed with talented people, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to be the Chairman of the BBC Trust. I am under no illusions about the significance and the enormity of the job but I am excited to have the chance to lead the BBC through the coming years.”
Lord Patten stood down as BBC Trust Chairman in May this year on health grounds after three years in the position.
Mrs Fairhead is a former Chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group, and former non-executive director of the Economist Group.
She was a non-executive member of the board of the Cabinet Office, but stood down after being selected as the preferred candidate for the BBC Trust Chairman. She is also a British Business Ambassador.