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Cambridge Assessment has appointed Saul Nassé as the new Chief Executive of its English language arm Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Saul, who is currently Controller of BBC Learning, will join Cambridge Assessment on 31 March. He will take over the role from Dr Michael Milanovic, who retired last month after 11 years at the helm.
As head of the BBC’s education department Saul oversaw its move to a new base in Salford and the launch of its new knowledge and learning online product, iWonder. He is responsible for the BBC’s education content, from the GCSE revision website Bitesize to programmes like Stargazing Live.
Before becoming Controller of BBC Learning Saul was based in Mumbai, as General Manager of BBC Worldwide Productions India, where he executive produced the Indian version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Saul, who has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, began his career as a research scientist at Cranfield University before moving into the media as a producer on the science programme Tomorrow’s World. He became the programme’s youngest editor, overseeing the launch of its website, one of the first on the BBC.
Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, said: “We are delighted to appoint Saul, who has a strong background in education and digital innovation.
"Saul will bring a fresh perspective to the Group and I am confident he will help Cambridge English Language Assessment make the new digital world its own".
Saul, who is also a governor of the University of Sunderland and a trustee of the Teaching Awards, said: "I am looking forward to joining an organisation which is renowned worldwide for its expertise and experience.
"I am a passionate believer in education. Digital is transforming the way people learn, making it a really exciting time to lead Cambridge English."