ITV have named Carolyn McCall as its first ever female chief executive.
McCall joins ITV from EasyJet, where she served as Chief Executive for the past seven years.
Previously, she was the chief executive of the Guardian Media Group (GMG). She is also a Non-Executive Director at Burberry and is a trustee at the Royal Academy.
The move makes McCall the second woman in history to head up one of the four mainstream broadcasters in Britain, after Alex Mahon, became chief executive at Channel 4 last month.
McCall obtained a degree in history and politics from Canterbury University, and a masters in politics from the University of London.
In a statement to ITV, McCall, who is also a board member of the government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said that she was “looking forward to getting to know all of the people at ITV and helping it make the most of the amazing opportunities that it has in the future.”
“The opportunity from ITV felt like the right one to take. It is a fantastic company in a dynamic and stimulating sector.”
ITV will pay McCall a base salary of £900,000, £41,000 less than predecessor Adam Crozier, who stepped down in June.
McCall’s pension allowance has been reduced to 15 per cent of her salary compared to Crozier’s 25 per cent.
In 2008, McCall was named Veuve Clicquot’s Business Woman of the Year, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to women in business.
She has also been awarded a Damehood in the New Year Honours list for services to aviation and has also received France’s highest merit, the Legion d’Honneur.
ITV chairman Peter Bazalgette said: “In a very impressive field of high calibre candidates, Carolyn stood out for her track record in media, experience of an international operation, clear strategic acumen and strong record of delivering value to shareholders.
“I’m delighted we’ll be working together at ITV.”