John Smith has over 25 years’ experience in consumer businesses most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Burberry Group PLC. Mr Smith also spent 23 years at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He was Chief Executive of the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide from 2004 to 2012 and prior to that held a variety of positions including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance, Property & Business Affairs.
Mr Smith has been a director of Burberry since 2009 and continues as a member of the Burberry Board. He is a Director of Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment, mobile and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, based in the U.K.
Mr Smith previously served as a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc and Vickers PLC and also on the Accounting Standards Board from 2001 to 2004.