The BBC has announced that Paul Dempsey will become interim Chief Executive Officer of BBC Worldwide from December until incoming CEO Tim Davie’s arrival next year.
Dempsey, currently Managing Director for Consumer Products at BBC Worldwide, will oversee the BBC’s commercial arm from December 1st until Tim Davie hands over his duties as Acting Director-General to Director-General Designate Tony Hall in March.
BBC Worldwide’s current CEO John Smith announced his decision to step down after eight years in charge of the company last month and will leave the business in December.
In his current role, Dempsey oversees Consumer Products, a global producer and distributor of TV entertainment packaged media, including DVD, Blu-ray, DTO, licensed product, music, BBC Shop and book publishing partnerships. He joined BBC Worldwide in 1998 as UK Sales Director and became Managing Director of BBC Audiobooks in 2002.