ITV has revealed that Simon Farnsworth will assume the role of the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for spearheading the overarching technology strategy across the group, overseeing infrastructure, and technological architecture, and fostering innovation as part of ITV’s digital transformation. Furthermore, he will hold a position on the Management Board.
Simon is slated to commence his tenure at ITV in early 2024 and will be reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, Chris Kennedy. His previous experience at News UK, where he served as CTO, saw him successfully implement a new technology strategy throughout the company’s various enterprises. He also held the position of CTO, Broadcast Technology and Operations at Warner Bros Discovery. In this capacity, he oversaw the delivery of all video products for Discovery across its global platforms.
On his new role, Simon commented; “I’m really excited to be joining ITV, an amazing brand at the forefront of both UK and global entertainment. As CTO I look forward to building and aligning a technology strategy that allows ITV to continue the momentum that it has built through its digital transformation and the launch of ITVX and working with the technology teams.”
Carolyn McCall, ITV CEO said; “Technology is such a critical part of our company and key to ITV’s ongoing strategy and business objectives. The success of ITVX and Planet V, our programmatic video advertising platform, highlights the importance of technology for both our viewers and advertisers and Simon has a proven track record of delivering tech innovation and furthering its capabilities. We are really looking forward to working with him when he joins ITV to super-charge the next stage of our development in this area.”