Henry is to leave JP after 11 years to take over from Paul Davidson as boss of the US-owned newspaper company, which publishes more than 200 titles including 17 regional dailies.
Paul will continue as chairman of the company but will hand over the chief executive role to Henry from 1 April next year.
Newsquest announced the appointment in a statement issued at 1pm on Friday.
Said Paul: “I am delighted that Henry will be joining Newsquest, and believe that his abilities to develop and implement strong digital strategies, as well as his appreciation of our print heritage, will further help build on our many successes.”
Added Henry: “I am excited by this opportunity to lead Newsquest as it continues its rapid transformation into a vibrant multimedia business.
“It is a terrific company with a strong future, fully focused on providing the outstanding products and services consumers and customers want and need.”
Henry has been digital and business development director at JP for the past four years, responsible for building the company’s digital business and driving digital transformation across the organization.
He has been credited with the launch of a number of successful digital joint ventures in new markets and with having built a powerful digital team which recently oversaw the launch of all 196 of the company’s newspaper websites.
Before taking up the digital role, Henry was general manager of The Scotsman Publications Ltd.
JP chief executive Ashley Highfield said in an email to staff today: “The Board and I would like to thank Henry for his extremely valuable contribution to Johnston Press over the last ten years, and we wish him well in his new role.
“Whilst we are sad to see Henry leave, this is clearly a great opportunity for him and ringing endorsement of our strategy, that our digital lead has been hired to run a major regional newspaper group.
“Henry will continue to work in the business in the short term in order to manage an orderly handover of his responsibilities.”
Paul has been chief executive of Newsquest since 2003, having initially joined the company in 1988. He announced earlier this year that he was planning to stand down as chief executive.