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.
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.
Geert is Chair of ITN and is Thomson Reuters representative on the Board. Geert was Editor-in-Chief of Reuters from 2000 to 2006, and Reuters Global Head of Content from 2002 to 2006. He joined Reuters as a correspondent covering European Union affairs in Brussels in 1983. Previously, Geert was a correspondent for AP-Dow Jones.
Maggie Carver is Chairman of ITN’s Audit Committee. 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 Global Broadcast as well as being Chairman of SDN Ltd. Maggie has been non-executive director of Channel Five and programme producer RDF Media plc alongside eight other companies. She is joint owner of Carvercare and Mobility Group, Chairman of The Racecourse Association, Vice Chairman of the British Board of Film Classification and a non-executive director on the board of the Service, Sound and Vision Corporation and the British Horseracing Levy Board.
Simon is managing director of Online, Pay TV, Interactive and Technology at ITV. Simon joined ITV in 2000 and has held a range of roles across corporate strategy, general management, digital media, policy and public affairs. He was promoted to the ITV Management Board in the role of director of strategy and transformation in 2011, then to director of strategy & technology in 2013, and to his most recent role in 2015, with a remit to grow ITV’s digital businesses including the ITV Hub and BritBox, the subscription joint venture with the BBC in the US. Simon is also vice Chair of the Royal Television Society and before ITV worked in the European Parliament in Brussels where he specialised in media issues.
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 he was Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at Cable & Wireless PLC, responsible for global legal, regulatory, compliance & insurance affairs. Andrew has also held positions at Reuters Group PLC (Global Head of Legal and Deputy General Counsel based in the UK, and General Counsel Asia based in Hong Kong) and in the corporate departments of both Freshfields and Clifford Chance.
Graham is DMGT’s representative on the ITN Board. Graham first joined DMGT in 1988 and in his early years there he worked as the Finance Director of various non-strategic businesses with the brief to deliver an exit from these operations. 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 as Business Development Director responsible for mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisition of Opal Telecom which formed the basis for the launch of TalkTalk.
In 2003 he rejoined DMGT, initially working with Teletext and then became head of M&A for the consumer media division, DMG Media. Graham 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 disposal of DMGT’s online recruitment business, including Jobsite, to Axel Springer.