BBC Worldwide appoints new people director

BBC Worldwide appoints new people director

Gucci’s HR chief Deborah Rowland is to join BBC Worldwide as its people director this September.

Ms Rowland will oversee the HR team and be responsible for recruitment, talent management, training, employee engagement and industrial relations, among other things. She will also look after the broadcaster’s property and technology teams, and will sit on the executive committee, reporting directly to the chief executive of BBC Worldwide, John Smith.

She was most recently European vice president of global HR at Gucci Group, and was founder and managing partner of Transcend Consultancy before that.

Ms Rowland has worked in organisation and management development roles for Shell and PepsiCo and was a consultant on change and human resource management for Towers Perrin inEurope.

Mr Smith said: “Our people and culture are the backbone of BBC Worldwide’s success so it’s vital we have someone at the HR helm who can motivate and support our world-class staff.  Deborah will be a fantastic person to drive our HR strategy forward, with experience in global companies including Gucci, Shell and PepsiCo, and I look forward to her joining us in September.”

Ms Rowland replaces Michelle Emmerson, who has left to take up a position at

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Monday, 8 August 2011

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