Danny, an executive director of the Company since 2005 and a long serving member of the senior management team, will leave the company on 31 March 2013.
It follows what JP is calling an “agreed transition period” following the appointment of Ashley Highfield as chief executive in November 2011.
The two men were in competition for the chief executive’s role after the departure of John Fry last year, but although Danny lost out in the race the company was keen for him to stay on to help oversee the transition to new leadership.
Danny’s forthcoming departure has triggered a restructure that will see the managing directors of JP’s regional publishing units now reporting to group commercial director Neil Jones.
The rest of Danny’s previous direct reports will now answer directly to Ashley.
Said Ashley: “I am very grateful for Danny’s support during my first year at Johnston Press where his knowledge and understanding of local communities, and insight into publishing issues have been invaluable.
“I know from my time in the company how well regarded he is both internally and in the industry as a whole and wish him well for the future.”
Johnston Press chairman Ian Russell added: “Danny has been an integral part of the executive management team and a main board director for many years and has made an immense contribution to the company.
“The Board is grateful for his commitment and contribution to the business. We wish him well for the future.”
Danny originally came into Johnston Press by way of its purchase of Sussex-based Beckett Newspapers where he started his career on the advertising sales team in 1978.
He rose to become marketing director for West Sussex and, following the company’s sale to JP, was appointed managing director of the West Sussex County Times in 1994.
In 1996 he was given the job as managing director of Johnston Newspapers North Midlands division, which included the Derbyshire Times, before moving to Portsmouth in 1999 as divisional managing director of the newly created South Division following the acquisition of Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers.
He was appointed director of operations in November 2001 before joining the company’s main board as an executive director in 2005.