Chantal Rickards Joins BAFTA L.A. in Newly Created CEO Role

Chantal Rickards - H 2015
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Chantal Rickards - H 2015

The organization also announces the retirement of Donald Haber after 18 years of service.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles' board of directors has announced that Chantal Rickards has joined the organization in the newly created role of chief executive officer.

Rickards' appointment, revealed on Thursday, becomes effective on April 14. She reports to the BAFTA L.A. Board of Directors.

In a statement, Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA L.A., said: "BAFTA Los Angeles is in a growth period, expanding its operations and programs and putting exciting new plans in place to become the hub of the British creative community in Los Angeles. We are delighted to welcome Chantal, whose experience and vision will be invaluable in driving these plans forward alongside director of operations Matthew Wiseman and existing team members Wayne Watkins, Lisa Ogdie, Ciaran Toner, Rosalyn Hummel and Pete Modeste. I would also like to thank Donald Haber, who will be retiring in May after 18 years of outstanding service to BAFTA Los Angeles."



Rickards will relocate to L.A. from London. The exec's career spans 27 years and includes senior positions in the TV business, both in channel management and production.

Most recently, she served as head of programming and branded content at MEC, a division of Group M, the largest media investment company in the world. Prior to that, she was with the BBC, where she was responsible for launching and overseeing original programming for the UKTV lifestyle television channels as commissioning executive. Rickards began her career in TV as a researcher at ITV's Yorkshire Television. Her TV credits include international formats for Masterchef, Countdown and Through the Keyhole.

Rickards said: "I look forward to working with Matthew Wiseman and the team as we expand BAFTA's activities in Los Angeles. The BAFTA L.A. board and membership are a powerhouse of energy and ideas, and I am sure they will keep me on my toes."