The head of HR at the BBC is to leave the corporation in the spring to take up a new global role at information services giant Reuters.
Stephen Dando joined the BBC as director of HR and internal communications in 2001, becoming director of BBC People in 2004 to reflect the new name of the division.
He has overseen massive organisational change at the BBC, including controversial plans to make nearly 4,000 redundancies and the sale of the corporation’s technology and broadcast divisions.
Dando, who has worked at Guinness, UDV Europe and Diageo, is also leading the negotiations with Accenture, Xchanging and Capita for the deal to outsource of some of the BBC’s HR services. He is expected to complete this deal before joining Reuters.
Dando, who earned £313,000 in the last financial year, is joining Reuters at a time when it is going through a change management programme similar to the one that he managed at the BBC.
Reuters’ ‘Fast Forward’ restructuring initiative, which aims to deliver around £440m savings by this year, has seen more than 3,000 redundancies since 2001.
Tom Glocer, chief executive at Reuters, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to attract Stephen Dando. His success in a series of senior roles equips him well to lead HR at Reuters as we continue to transform our culture in a new era of growth.”