Carolyn McCall

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Carolyn McCall

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Born13 September 1961
Bangalore, India
ResidenceBerkhamsted, UK
Alma materUniversity of Kent
TitleChief Executive, ITV
TermJanuary 2018 - present
PredecessorAdam Crozier
Spouse(s)Peter Frawley

Dame Carolyn Julia McCall, DBE (born 13 September 1961)[1][2] is a British businesswoman and the chief executive of ITV.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Bangalore, India, the only child of British immigrants (her Scottish father ran the Far East division of a US textile multinational; her Irish mother worked for the British High Commission in India),[1] she was educated in India and Singapore until her teens, then at a Roman Catholic girls' boarding school in Derbyshire. She studied for a BA degree in history and politics at the University of Kent, Canterbury, where she met her husband Peter; the couple has three children and live in Berkhamsted.[1]

On graduation she began training as a teacher, completing a year at Holland Park School. She then gained a master's degree in politics from the University of London, and subsequently joined construction group Costain. Offered a job on Kevin Kelly's Business magazine, she then applied to be a research planner at The Guardian, which she joined in 1986.[1]

Moving to advertising sales, she was mentored by Caroline Marland. As she rose through the Guardian Media Group behind Marland, Management Today magazine called her "One of the toughest operators to have risen through The Guardian Media Group's ranks."[1] After rising to become CEO of Guardian Newspapers Ltd (now Guardian News & Media Ltd) in August 2006,[4] she became CEO of GMG. During her tenure the Manchester Evening News and regionally based business were sold to Trinity Mirror, and a 49.9% stake in Trader Media Group was sold to Apax Partners, in a deal that valued the business at £1.35bn.[1]

McCall was a non-executive director of Lloyds TSB (2008–2009), New Look (1999–2005, a position to which she was reappointed in 2010); and Tesco (2005–2008), a position from which she resigned after Tesco sued The Guardian for libel.[5] She was chair of the Business in the Community project Opportunity Now,[6] and has also acted as president of Women in Advertising and Communications London.

McCall was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year in April 2008, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to women in business.[7]

Career since 2010[edit]

On 24 March 2010, McCall's appointment as the chief executive of easyJet was announced.[8] She was said to prefer a "pragmatic approach to human resources rather than politically correct niceties".[9]

In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[10] While at easyJet, McCall was one of five female CEOs of a FTSE 100 Index company.[11]

In June 2014, McCall was awarded a Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by Cranfield University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the aerospace industry and her distinguished achievements in international business[12] She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the aviation industry.[13] McCall serves as a non-executive board member in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.[14]

During McCall's tenure at easyJet, the airline's shares almost quadrupled,[15] and McCall arranged for the airline to snatch up pieces of Air Berlin and Alitalia.[16]

On 8 January 2018, following seven years as easyJet chief executive, McCall became the first female chief executive of commercial broadcaster ITV.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Andrew Davidson (26 October 2007). "Carolyn McCall". Management Today. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  2. ^ #35. Carolyn McCall, 'MediaGuardian 100 2009', The Guardian, 13 July 2009
  3. ^ a b "Carolyn McCall takes up post as first female chief executive of ITV". Director magazine. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ Davies, Caroline (23 March 2010). "Guardian group chief executive Carolyn McCall to join easyJet". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ Jason Deans, 'GMG chief resigns from Tesco board', The Guardian, 10 April 2008
  6. ^ "Home – Guardian Media Group PLC". Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  7. ^ Usborne, Simon; Williams, Holly (3 August 2013). "Great escape: A crash course in summer holidays". The Independent. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  8. ^ "easyJet Media Centre". Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  9. ^ "Guardian of the people – Personnel Today". 1 November 2005.
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Woman's Hour – The Power List 2013". BBC.
  11. ^ "FTSE 100 diversity boost as Brittain named Whitbread boss". Yorkshire Post. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Graduation 2014". Cranfield University.
  13. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N8.
  14. ^ "Dame Carolyn McCall - GOV.UK". Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Carolyn McCall wins over critics in 7 years at easyJet". Financial Times. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  16. ^ Gerrard, Bradley (18 November 2017). "£5m goodbye for departing easyJet chief Dame Carolyn". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 11 May 2018.

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