BBC avoids repeat to appoint first woman FD
The BBC has broken new ground and appointed its first female finance director.
Zarin Patel, a former KPMG accountant, will succeed John Smith as FD and be in charge of the group’s annual operating expenditure, which totals some £4bn.
Patel’s appointment comes in the wake of several senior departures at the corporation.
The BBC said Patel would lead planning, corporate reporting and financial strategy under the new management regime.
Patel joined the BBC in 1998 as Group Financial Controller. Previous positions include being Head of Revenue Management, responsible for the collectrion of the licence fee.
Her predecessor said she would make a ‘vital contribution’ to her new post.