Five CEO resigns to make way for Airey

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Five CEO Jane Lighting is to step down from the role to make way for incoming chair Dawn Airey.

Lighting announced her departure today, admitting that her vision for the broadcaster was not the same as its owners RTL Group and that “common agreement over strategic direction” could not be reached.

Lighting will take six months gardening leave. Five’s executive director of sales Mark White will take over until Airey’s arrival.

 Airey, who resigned as head of global content at ITV to take up the job at Five, is expected to join the broadcaster within the next 12 months.

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