Dame Carolyn McCall departing easyJet for top job at ITV

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McCall is the former chief executive of Guardian Media Group so she has experience in heading a major media business and a FTSE 100 company, which gave her leg up over other candidates.

The announcement, which Sky News reported at the weekend was imminent, was made just over two months after the commercial broadcaster announced Adam Crozier was to step down as chief executive. I have had an awesome seven years at EasyJet, I am so proud of what the airline and its people have achieved in that period.

ITV plc (LON:ITV) has poached the chief executive of easyJet plc (LON:EZJ) to lead the United Kingdom broadcast company.

"I am looking forward to getting to know all of the people at ITV and helping it make the most of the awesome opportunities that it has in the future".

Peter Bazalgette, chairman of ITV, hailed Ms McCall's appointment.

As it confirmed a much-trailed appointment, ITV said that Dame Carolyn would receive a basic salary of £900,000, but would have the opportunity to earn an annual bonus of up to £1.62 million, or 180 per cent of her annual pay. She is expected to leave the company around the end of the year, and take the helm at the blue-chip broadcaster on January 8.

McCall joined GMG in 1986 and rose through the commercial ranks to become chief executive of the newspaper business, Guardian News & Media, in 2000 and of the parent company in 2006.

During her tenure at easyJet, McCall has sought to bring a customer focussed approach to the business and redefine what passengers expect from short haul flights.

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In addition to her role at easyJet, Ms McCall has been a non-executive director of high-end fashion house Burberry since 2014.

'I'm really pleased to be joining ITV.

ITV described it as "broadly the same remuneration opportunity" to Mr Crozier's. "I'm delighted we'll be working together at ITV".

Crozier built the broadcaster's global business during his seven-year tenure at ITV as part of a successful turnaround strategy.

However, under the performance share plan McCall will be eligible for 265% of salary, while Crozier was awarded 225%.

McCall joins ITV as speculation about the broadcaster's ownership continues.

"This provides solid media experience in the world of advertising, which remains the majority of ITV's revenue", said Garrity.

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