BBC names chief people officer

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has recruited Uzair Qadeer (pictured) as its new chief people officer as of the end of February.

Qadeer will sit on the BBC executive committee, the operations committee, and be a key advisor to the board remuneration committee. He was recruited to oversee all global human resources capabilities across the BBC Group, and drive employee experience, cultural transformation, and organisational change.

Qadeer will report to chief operating officer Leigh Tavaziva, and will be responsible for shaping the organisation’s people strategy in line with its 10-point diversity and inclusion plan. He will also oversee Children in Need.

Qadeer joined from US healthcare provider Carbon Health, where he was chief people officer. Prior to this, he was the first chief diversity officer at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where he was a member of its executive committee.

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Qadeer said: “The BBC is an iconic organisation that is cherished in the UK and respected worldwide. I believe that by curating a world-class employee experience at the BBC, we can effectively drive our ambitious Value for All strategy and unleash breakthroughs for our audiences. I am thrilled and honoured to work alongside our passionate and global teams at the BBC, an organisation that I tremendously admire.”

Tavaziva added: “Uzair’s appointment is an important step as we continue to implement our Value for All strategy and build on our plans to enhance our employee experience. He has an impressive track record of placing people at the heart of an organisation’s success and strives to bring fresh thinking, innovation and a focus on customers to the teams he leads. I am delighted to welcome him to the BBC.”