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CBC appoints Barbara Williams executive vice-president of English services

Barbara Williams has been appointed CBC's new vice-president of English services in charge of English-language TV, radio and digital services.

Williams was previously Corus Entertainment’s VP, COO

Barbara Williams has been appointed CBC's new vice-president of English services in charge of English-language TV, radio and digital services.

Barbara Williams has been appointed CBC's new vice-president of English services in charge of English-language TV, radio and digital services.

Williams was most recently the chief operating officer and executive vice-president of Corus Entertainment. She also previously served as president of Shaw Media and executive vice-president of content at Canwest Broadcasting.

Williams replaces Heather Conway, who announced her departure last November after serving five years in the role.

Michel Bissonnette, vice-president of the public broadcaster's French service Radio-Canada, took over English language duties on an interim basis on Dec. 8, 2018.

Williams will report to Catherine Tait, who was named CBC/Radio-Canada's first female president and CEO last April.

"I have asked Barbara to take on this role because of her vast experience as a network executive and her keen understanding of Canada's ever-changing media landscape," Tait said, in a statement released Wednesday.

In the statement, Williams said she is "very excited" to join CBC.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of strong, dynamic Canadian content, and in the critical role the public broadcaster plays in providing timely and trustworthy news.- Barbara Williams, in a statement

"I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of strong, dynamic Canadian content, and in the critical role the public broadcaster plays in providing timely and trustworthy news," she said.

"I'm looking forward to working with the team at CBC to bring even more compelling Canadian stories to our audiences."

A graduate of the University of Toronto and Syracuse University, Williams has been ranked as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women by Women's Executive Network and has received the outstanding achievement award from Women in Film & Television for her work in the industry.

Williams will start her new role on May 1.