ITV to search for new communications and public affairs chief
Mary Fagan is standing down after almost seven years in the role.
ITV is set to launch a hunt for a new group communications and public affairs chief as Mary Fagan prepares to stand down.
Former Royal Mail lobbyist Fagan joined the broadcaster as group communications and corporate affairs director in 2011. Since then she has been responsible for ITV’s corporate communications and programme publicity teams as well as its public affairs operation.
An ITV spokesperson did not say where Fagan was going but stressed that she was "definitely not retiring". The company has said it will "shortly begin the search for Mary’s successor".
Top in-house candidates for the job are ITV public affairs director Jane Luca and communications director Mike Large. But insiders suggested the firm would try to land an external heavyweight such as Sky group corporate affairs director and former Brunswick partner Catherine Hicks.
Fagan will step down at the end of 2017. Before joining ITV she was corporate and government affairs director at Royal Mail Group.
"It’s been a privilege and great fun to have been part of the team at ITV during such an exciting time in the company’s history. It’s a fantastic business, with incredibly talented and dedicated people. I wish the company and all those who work here every success in the future," said Fagan.
ITV executive chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette said: "We’re incredibly grateful to Mary for the important role she has played over seven years in building ITV’s reputation and esteem among our key external stakeholders.
"I would also like to thank her for her advice and counsel throughout that time to her colleagues on the Management Board and across ITV. We wish her well in her future career."
ITV does not use an external public affairs agency.