Media Lifeline: Fru Hazlitt

The former actress has had a meteoric rise through the worlds of radio and online.

1997: Fru Hazlitt, who'd been at Capital for four years, is promoted to sales director at Capital's new sales house, Capital Sales and Marketing. This triggers the departure of Duncan George and Andrew Oldham - colleagues who'd been in the running for the top job.

1999: But she's soon lured to online media, joining Yahoo! as its European sales director. The move sees her reunited with her former boss at Capital, Martina King, who has become the managing director of Yahoo! in the UK and Ireland. And the Capital link is further underlined when she begins poaching staff from her former employer. In 2003, Hazlitt succeeds King as the UK and Ireland boss when King is moved to a bigger international role.

2005: When Hazlitt begins maternity leave in December 2004, she's expected back the next spring - but she shocks Yahoo! weeks before her scheduled return when she announces she's joining SMG as its chief executive of radio, succeeding John Pearson who has left for personal reasons. Her task is to maintain the strength of the Virgin Radio brand, despite continuing speculation that SMG might be tempted to sell it.

January 2007: But now she shocks Virgin Radio, too, when she announces she's leaving to join GCap London as its managing director - she actually joins in May, following an enforced period of gardening leave. Her new role gives her overall responsibility for the Capital Radio and Choice FM stations in addition to running GCap's national commercial sales and online operations.

December 2007: Hazlitt is elevated to chief executive of GCap Media, after the announcement that Ralph Bernard is to step down. It's seen as a new start for the company, and the presentation of a new strategic vision is expected in early 2008.

Fast forward ...

October 2008: But Hazlitt again confounds expectations when, just weeks after unveiling a group restructure involving redundancies and a host of new appointments (many of which involve digital expertise poached from the online world), she announces that she is to rejoin Yahoo! as its global vice-president, based in Sunnyvale, California. She is expected to join in the spring of 2009, following a period of gardening leave.