Lucinda Hicks, the UK CEO of Banijoy, is leaving the European-based production giant after 12 years, with incoming executive chairman Patrick Holland taking over.
Hicks was CEO for two years, taking over the position in 2020 after Banijoy acquired his former company Endemol Shine Group.
Patrick Holland, the BBC’s former director of factual, arts and classical music, will take over as CEO in May. He will also be the executive chairman after the departure of Peter Salmon, according to earlier reports.
Hicks and Salmon worked closely with Pike Blinder, Masterchef and Survivor Company after the merger deal, helped it through the Covid epidemic, bringing the likes of Natalka Jhanak and John Swain to lead the major production brands.
Prior to his CEO role, Hicks was the CEO of Endemol Shine UK, joining the company when it merged with Endemol Shine Group in 2015. Her roles include joint managing director of Dragonfly Film and Television and commercial positions at Fremantle and the BBC.
“I spent the best 12 years. From working with a team at Shine to running Dragonfly; Determining how to keep our shows on-air during lockdowns to manage business integration after acquisitions with Peter Salmon and the trading team, I worked with the most amazing people and had as much fun in the job as I thought possible. Hicks says.
He will work with Holland To help “get up to speed with potential across all bright people, projects and groups before I bow my head and leave the business in his great hands”.
“Lucinda is a smart and talented business and creative leader who has made her an integral part of our business integration in the UK since the acquisition of Endemol Shine Group,” said Marco Bassetti, CEO of Banijoy.
“We are all grateful for the hard work of the companies to date in building a huge creative portfolio of companies and a local group that prioritizes talent, innovation and responsibility in the broader industry.” Although we are sorry to hear that he is gone, we wish him well in his future endeavors. “