Apple’s Euro chief to take over at ITV?

cagniApple’s most senior European executive, Pascal Cagni is one of two front runners in the race to become the next chief executive of major UK independent television broadcaster, ITV.

French-born Cagni is up against HMV chief executive, Simon Fox, for the role. Six candidates are understood to have met with the ITV board last week as part of the final interviewing process to seek out a replacement for current executive, Michael Grade.

ITV is understood to be hoping that an announcement could be made as early as 6 August, when it presents its interim results, but the process could run into September, reports claim.

Pascal joined Apple in April 2000. He put in place a talented management team which transformed Europe into Apple’s fastest growing region. He joined Apple from NEC Computer International where he served as European Vice President and General Manager of Packard Bell.

“Pascal has a successful track record of growing significant market share and providing excellent leadership to his teams,” said Mitch Mandich, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Sales, in 2000 when Cagni landed the top European job.

Under his tenure Packard Bell grew at three times the industry rate gaining the number one position in the European home computer market while revenue grew to more than $1 billion.

He also sits on the board of the Aspen Institute and Egg.

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