Managing Director, Communications
Richard Porter is Managing Director of the Communications Department. He joined the EBRD in 2017, and during that time has worked across both Internal and External communications. Before taking on his present role, he was Director of Strategic Engagement and Planning, with responsibility for media relations, digital communications and donor visibility.
Before joining the EBRD, Richard worked for many years as a journalist and executive in BBC News. He was Controller of English Services for the BBC’s Global News Division, overseeing BBC World Service, BBC World News and the BBC’s international website, BBC.com/news. In his role as Editorial and Digital Director for BBC Global News Ltd, he also held responsibility for the BBC’s commercially-funded news services outside the UK, working with partners in the US, Europe and Asia.
Previously he had many years’ experience as an Editor and leader in BBC News, including Head of News for BBC World, and Editor of Breakfast TV in the UK.
Richard trained as a journalist in local newspapers in southern England, before joining the BBC in its Bristol studios. He was a Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia Journalism School in 2009.
Richard has observer status on the Bank’s Executive Committee.