Crozier takes on top job at Whitbread after ITV exit
Former ITV boss Adam Crozier - who was in charge at the time of the broadcaster's takeover of UTV - is to become chairman of Costa Coffee and Premier Inn owner Whitbread.
It comes after the company announced that incumbent Richard Baker will retire at the end of February after nine years on the board.
Mr Crozier left the ITV chief executive position at the end of June after a seven-year stint where he was widely credited with turning around the broadcaster's fortunes.
As well as the 2016 takeover of UTV in Belfast, he also led a takeover of Talpa Media, the production company behind The Voice.
Currently serving as a senior independent director at Whitbread, he has also served as chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi, the Football Association and Royal Mail.
On announcing his departure from ITV earlier this year, Mr Crozier said he planned to "build a portfolio of roles" across the private sector and in November was installed chairman of theatre owner Stage Entertainment.