STV Group has announced that Simon Pitts will join the Board as chief executive officer at the beginning of next year.
This appointment is made following the April 2017 announcement of Rob Woodward’s intention to step down from the board and his role as CEO within a period of 12 months.
Simon Pitts will join from ITV plc where he is a member of the executive board holding the position of managing director, online, pay tv, interactive & technology.
Over a 17-year career at ITV plc, Simon held a variety of senior roles, was one of the main architects of the company's recent transformation, and oversaw strong growth in ITV's digital businesses. Additionally, Simon is currently vice chair of the trustees of the Royal Television Society.
Simon Pitts, said: "I have got to know STV well during my time at ITV and I'm excited by the opportunity to lead a company with such a strong brand and relationship with its audience. I'm looking forward to working with everyone at STV to make the most of its great potential in the future."
Baroness Margaret Ford, chairman of STV Group plc, said: "After a thorough and rigorous search process we are delighted that Simon has agreed to join STV as chief executive officer. The combination of Simon’s sector experience, drive and track record in delivering strategic change make him an ideal candidate to lead STV’s next phase of growth. I am looking forward to working with him.”