Paul Dempsey named BBC Worldwide interim CEO

He will oversee the broadcaster's commercial arm from December 1st, until Tim Davie joins next year.
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Paul Dempsey has been named interim CEO of BBC Worldwide.

He will oversee the broadcaster's commercial arm from December 1st, until CEO Tim Davie's arrival in 2013.

Current CEO John Smith announced his decision to step down last month.

Dempsey is currently MD for Consumer Products at BBC Worldwide. He joined BBC Worldwide in 1998 as UK Sales Director and became Managing Director of BBC Audiobooks in 2002. 

He was appointed Director of BBC Worldwide's Audio & Music business when it was established in 2006. 

Marcus Arthur, Managing Director for Global Brands, will take over Paul’s current responsibilities as Acting Managing Director for Consumer Products, in addition to his current role.

Paul Dempsey said: "I am proud and privileged to have been asked by Tim to take on these responsibilities as an interim measure until he arrives early next year. 

"BBC Worldwide is a dynamic company with exciting times ahead of it. My immediate priority will be to provide the company with leadership and direction so it can keep on delivering great returns to the BBC."

Tim Davie added: "Paul has a great track record at BBC Worldwide and a sound understanding of the commercial imperatives that have made it an international success. I have every faith that he is the right person to lead BBC Worldwide over the coming months and make sure it carries on supporting the BBC brand around the world."

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