Tom Fussell Has Been Nominated to the BBC Studios CEO Position
BBC Studios, the BBC's production and sales arm, has a new official - boss.
Tom Fussell, who has been interim CEO since September 2020 when then-head Tim Davie was appointed to the top BBC role of director general, has now been officially appointed BBC Studios boss, in a move that was widely anticipated.
Fussell will be responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of BBC Studios worldwide expansion plans, as well as, according to the BBC, continuing to increase employee engagement and wellbeing; placing diversity and inclusion at the heart of the company; and ensuring sustainability throughout the firm.
Fussell joined what was then known as BBC Worldwide as CFO in 2016, taking on the same role in the newly merged BBC Studios in 2018, and then adding property and technology to his brief. He is a member of the BBC Commercial Holdings board and also helms BBC StudioWorks. Between 1997 and 2007, he held a variety of financial roles for the then BBC Production and BBC Group Finance. Fussell worked as CFO of Shine Group from 2013 to 2015, completing the merger with Endemol, held a variety of commercial director roles at Harper Collins U.K., and was also finance director for Random House in the United Kingdom.
Fussell said he's "honored to be the director of BBC Studios for the future." BBC Studios is a vital part of the BBC group, and it increasingly supports all of its strategic priorities, from high-quality content and impartiality to online and, of course, commercial income. My job is to work with everyone at BBC Studios to strengthen and transform all of our work for the future, with the aim of serving both British and international audiences in new ways.