Picture Production Company (“PPC”), the international creative production agency, has today announced the appointments of Rod Henwood and Alan Rutherford to the board as non-executive directors.
Mr Henwood joins the board following a strong track record driving innovation in TV and digital media. He was most recently Launch CEO of Pottermore, JK Rowling’s ground-breaking Harry Potter digital venture, prior to which he was CEO of Project Kangaroo, the digital joint venture between BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Immediately before that, between 2005 and 2008, he served on the main board of Channel 4 as New Business Director where he was responsible for the launch of 4oD, the world’s first commercial video on demand service. Mr Henwood was previously CEO then non-executive director of Premium TV, as well as having held leadership roles with NTL, Fox Kids Europe and Carlton. Commenting on his appointment, Mr Henwood said: “PPC already does great work in the TV and digital media markets, and I think there is a fantastic opportunity to continue to build on this and to take a truly market-leading position”.
Mr Rutherford joins the board with a distinguished career in advertising and media, most recently as Chairman or non-executive director of various marketing services companies. Prior to this, Mr Rutherford was CEO of Digitas Global, the world’s largest digital marketing services agency. He has also previously spent eight years at Unilever as Global Head of Media and Marketing and spent twelve years with Ogilvy and Mather, culminating in his appointment as Director of Media, Europe. Mr Rutherford isthe Global President of the International Advertising Association and was named one of the world’s top 15 most influential media people by Media and Marketing magazine. He commented: “PPC is the market leader in its field in the UK, with a great reputation for top quality creative work and rapid delivery. I am looking forward to building on these strengths as the business grows over the next few years.”
PPC is chaired by media industry veteran Stewart Till, former Chair of the UK Film Council. In 2000, he was awarded a CBE for his services to the British Film Industry. Commenting on the appointments, he said:
“We all believe there is a great opportunity to continue growing this business over the next few years. Having successfully launched our LA office last year, the next key initiative was to strengthen our Board so I’m delighted to welcome Rod and Alan, who both bring with them tremendous experience and enthusiasm, as well as very impressive strategic thinking.”