ITV Names Chris Kennedy CFO

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He used to work with ITV CEO Carolyn McCall when he served as CFO of easyJet from 2010 to 2015 and also used to serve in various roles at music firm EMI.

U.K. TV giant ITV on Monday said it has appointed Chris Kennedy chief financial officer, effective in February.

He is currently CFO of Microfocus International, but used to be CFO of easyJet plc from 2010 to 2015, working with ITV CEO Carolyn McCall. 

"I am really pleased to be working with Chris again as CFO," said McCall. "He will play a huge role in helping us deliver our new More Than TV strategy and I know he will work really well with the senior leadership team of ITV."

Said Kennedy: "This is an exciting time to be joining ITV. I'm looking forward to working with the team to execute the strategy and deliver value for shareholders."

Kennedy also spent 17 years at EMI in a variety of roles, principally financial but also including supply chain, sales, business development and general management. He is also a former chief investment officer reporting to the CEO and new owner Terra Firma.

He will succeed Ian Griffiths following the announcement in late June of the latter's intention to retire from ITV. He will be supporting a handover to Chris and will step down from the board in December and formally leave ITV at the end of March 2019.