BBC Studios exec Anna Mallett has been appointed Chief Executive of ITN, the British news producer and company behind Netflix’s doc series Drug Lords.

Mallett is currently Group Chief Operating Officer and MD, Production at the production arm of the British public broadcaster. She will take up her new role in 2019 following the departure of John Hardie, who leaves the company after almost a decade. Chief Financial Officer Bryan Martin and ITN Productions Editorial Director Chris Shaw assuming the respective roles of Acting CEO and Acting Editor-in-Chief in the interim.

In addition to producing a raft of factual content for broadcasters including Netflix, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5, the company produces news programming for the latter three companies.

Prior to her current role, Anna held a number of senior positions at the BBC, including as Chief Operating Officer of the pre-merger BBC Studios, which delivered around 2000 hours of content in 2017. Before joining the BBC, Anna spent around eight years at global management consultant firm the Boston Consulting Group, leading projects for FTSE 100 companies, mainly in the media and retail sectors.

“Anna is a proven leader, with an extremely impressive commercial background and a fantastic pedigree in TV production. Her track record speaks for itself, and she’ll bring energy, expertise and impeccable credentials to the job, said Christy Swords, Chair of the ITN Board. “Anna will join at an exciting period in the company’s history, with ITN’s award-winning journalism stronger than ever and ITN Productions having grown substantially over the last decade. The Board is confident that, under Anna’s leadership, ITN is well-positioned to deliver continued growth and further achievements over the coming years.”

Mallett added, “I am very honoured to be appointed CEO of ITN. Having spent over a decade at the BBC, I have a profound belief in the importance of high quality news to all of us, and a huge respect for the journalists, crew and production teams whose curiosity and craft lies behind ITN’s reputation. And the success and diversification of ITN’s award-winning production arm also means there is now a further strong platform for future growth. At a time of immense change in all parts of the media, I am excited about leading the ITN team on the next chapter in an already impressive history.”