ENB appoints ex BBC chief as executive director

Caroline Thomson. Photo: Mike Abrahams
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English National Ballet has announced that Caroline Thomson is to become its executive director on a permanent basis.

She has been acting as interim executive director since May, when ENB’s chief executive Karen Napier resigned after three months in the job.

Thomson, who was deputy director-general of the BBC until September 2012, begins in her new permanent role with immediate effect.

Also announced today is the appointment of Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of Akram Khan Dance Company, as producer at ENB.

As part of this new position, Chaudhry will “develop the commercial potential of the company’s productions both in the UK and overseas,” a press statement said.

Chaudhry said: “English National Ballet has an energy and vision which excites me and reminds me of how Akram Khan and I started out. When Tamara Rojo tells me with utmost conviction she wants to change the way ballet companies are run, I believe her. She is a visionary who sees things others don't and I am thrilled by the challenge of working with this remarkable woman and her team and helping to make English National Ballet a ballet company for today and the future.”