Thomas Geitner has joined the board of BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s main commercial subsidiary, as a non-executive director. Geitner joined Vodafone in 2000 as an
Executive Director with responsibility for global Business Integration. He left the company at the end of last year.
As a non-executive member of the BBC Worldwide board, Thomas Geitner will be particularly advising on new media developments, investments and international growth as BBC Worldwide gears up for some major digital business launches over the coming months. He said:
"I am delighted to join the Board of BBC Worldwide at this point where the business is setting out to expand its global brand and the range of its products into new media opportunities."
John Smith, CEO, BBC Worldwide, said:
“Thomas’s appointment means we now have our full complement of non-executive directors. His vast experience in telecommunications, particularly mobile services, will be highly valuable as we look to launch more direct to consumer businesses.”
Geitner had held his most recent post at Vodafone from April 2006 and had been a Board director there since May 2000.
He was responsible for establishing Vodafone as a global brand, for the creation and successful launch of Vodafone live! in 2002 and the establishment of a global supply chain organisation.
In July 2003, he was appointed Vodafone’s Director of Business Integration and Chief Technology Officer. In this capacity he initiated and led the One Vodafone pro-gramme, established a set of shared service organizations and created the Group’s leadership position on 3G across Europe.
Prior to Vodafone, Thomas led a number of engineering businesses and later was responsible for telecommunications at RWE Group and was a member of its
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Notes to Editors:
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, magazines, Content & Production, Home Entertainment and Digital Media. In 2005/06 BBC Worldwide generated profits of £89 million on sales of £784 million.