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British Library appoints new CEO

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The Board of the British Library has appointed Roly Keating as the Library’s new CEO.

Keating is currently director of archive content at the BBC. He will take up his new role on 12 September, succeeding Lynne Brindley, who will be leaving the Library on 31 July after 12 years as chief executive.

Keating said: 'It’s a huge honour to have the opportunity to lead one of the UK’s greatest cultural institutions, at a time of exciting change driven by the internet and connected media. Under Lynne Brindley’s leadership the British Library has set standards for the world in both the quality of its curatorship and the boldness of its thinking around new technology. I am looking forward to working with the Library’s talented staff and leadership team to take it on the next stage of its journey into the digital age.'

Baroness Blackstone, chairman of the British Library, commented on the new appointment: 'I am delighted that Roly Keating will be joining us as chief executive. He has a strong record of creative leadership and strategic innovation at the BBC and has wide experience and a deep commitment to the digital information environment. He is the ideal person to build on the successes of the British Library and to ensure that the Library continues to be a leading-edge provider of knowledge as we take forward our Vision for 2020. I look forward to working with him.'