Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company, today announces the appointment of Ian Griffiths as Chief Financial Officer.
Ian will join Kantar on January 16. He succeeds Robert Bowtell who has been CFO since 2001.
Most recently Ian was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of ITV plc where he played a key role in creating the environment to transform ITV from being reliant on UK advertising to a more diverse international and increasingly digital business. Before joining ITV Ian was Group Finance Director of Emap plc, the international magazine, radio and B2B business.
Commenting on the appointment, Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar, said “Ian brings with him a wealth of experience in the media industry. His track record in dealing with public markets and delivering strong returns for shareholders, both as CFO and COO, will be important to Kantar as we embark on the next stage of our growth journey. I want to thank Robert for all he has done for Kantar in his 18 years as CFO and for his collaborative approach, during which time Kantar doubled in size through organic growth and acquisition. He was a driving force in the sale of Kantar to Bain Capital and the subsequent transition from WPP to allow us to operate on a standalone basis. His legacy in the company will be long-lasting.”
Ian Griffiths added ”I am thrilled to be joining Kantar at such an exciting time. Kantar is a great business with fantastic people, and I look forward to working with the team to deliver the exciting plans for the business in partnership with the new owners.”
Robert Bowtell will remain with Kantar until the end of June 2020 to facilitate a smooth transition.