Paul Dempsey to lead Worldwide from December

Paul Dempsey Paul Dempsey will lead Worldwide for the next few months

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Paul Dempsey is to become interim chief executive officer of BBC Worldwide in December.

Dempsey, who is currently managing director for consumer products at Worldwide, will remain interim CEO until Tim Davie hands over the directorship of the BBC to Tony Hall in March.

Davie was appointed CEO of Worldwide last month after John Smith, who has led the BBC's commercial arm for eight years, announced he was stepping down from the business to pursue other opportunities.

Dempsey said he felt 'proud and privileged' to be chosen temporary leader. '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,' he added.

Dempsey joined BBC Worldwide in 1998 as UK sales director. He was appointed director of BBC Worldwide's Audio & Music business when it was established in 2006.

He currently oversees the distribution of BBC Worldwide's products around the world.

Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, the interim CEO spent eight years at Mars Confectionery, followed by two years as sales director of Frontline Ltd, BBC Worldwide's magazine joint venture business.

Speaking of the appointment, Davie said: 'I have every faith that he [Dempsey] 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.'

Marcus Arthur, managing director for global brands at the commercial arm, will add Dempsey's current responsibilities to his own.

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