The BBC's Director of Strategy and Distribution and architect of Freeview,
Carolyn Fairbairn, has decided to leave the organisation after seven
She and her husband have decided to take time out from their careers
to spend a year travelling around the world with their three children.
BBC Director-General Mark Thompson said today: "Carolyn has been the
driving force behind some of the BBC's most momentous decisions over
"She was an architect of Greg Dyke's One BBC, led the BBC's prescient
move to launch Freeview and was the primary author of our manifesto
for Charter Review Building Public Value.
"She is one of the most dedicated people in the business and, while
I and many colleagues across the BBC will miss her energy and wise counsel,
we understand her priority to put her family first."
Carolyn Fairbairn said: "The opportunities to take stock of one's life
and do something radical are rare. I'm lucky enough to be able to do
that and, although it is a difficult decision, I am leaving the BBC
at the end of one very exciting chapter and the beginning of another.
"I have loved my time at the BBC and the many different and inspiring
people I've worked with."
Carolyn is a member of the BBC's Executive Board.
She was previously on the Executive Committee led by Greg Dyke and
a former Director of Strategy at BBC Worldwide where she developed the
BBC's plans to maximise commercial opportunities in the UK and around
Before joining the BBC in 1997 Carolyn was a member of the Downing
Street Policy Unit with responsibility for policy development in health.
She formerly spent seven years working as a management consultant with
McKinsey and Company.
Carolyn has also worked as a financial journalist on The Economist
and as a development economist for the World Bank.