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Single MD for sister Northcliffe centres

Northcliffe Media’s centres in Derby and Nottingham are being merged into one business unit under a single managing director.

Joanne Glynn, current MD of the Derby Evening Telegraph and associated weeklies, is now also MD of the Nottingham Evening Post.

The move is one of several changes announced by Northcliffe Media MD Michael Pelosi yesterday, covering senior management positions within the company.

In October, Northcliffe revealed that it was streamlining its divisions from six down to three – South East, South West and Wales, and Midlands and North – with these latest developments affecting just the latter two.

The changes, which come into effect early next year, are summarised below:

South West and Wales

  • From 5 January there will be six business units within South West and Wales: Gloucestershire, Wales, Bristol, Somerset and Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
  • Within these units, there will be more than one publishing centre with each continuing to have an editor and a senior advertising director/manager.
  • Tony Hazell, current regional managing director of South West Weeklies, will relinquish his position in January and retire in April. He will be succeeded by Trevor Lee, new managing director of Cornwall and Devon Media (excluding Yeovil and Blackmore Vale). Tony will become deputy chairman of Cornwall and Devon Media until April.
  • Sarah Irvine will head up the new Somerset and Dorset business unit, which will include Yeovil, Bath, Wells and Blackmore Vale. She will be supported by Western Gazette deputy chairman Jacquie Dean who will retire in 2009.
  • Dawna Stickler is promoted to managing director of Bristol News and Media and will assume responsibility for weekly titles at Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare.
  • Other appointments: Kevin Ward is promoted to finance director for the region, Chris Coward is the chief operating director and Terry Hawkins is the new circulation director for the South West area (excluding Wales).
  • Midlands and North

  • The Midlands and North will now have five business units: West Midlands, Nottingham/Derby, Leicester, Lincolnshire and Hull. Each region will be headed by a single MD and the publishing centres will continue to have their own editor and a senior advertising director.
  • Steve Hollingsworth becomes the managing director of Leicester and Metro Midlands.
  • MD of Lincolnshire Mark Price will also take over responsibility of Grimsby/Scunthorpe.
  • Richard Duxbury will become deputy managing director in Hull to support regional MD Phil Inman and manage day-to-day activities.
  • Jonathon Wells is the new finance director of Midlands and North and Kerrel Wills is appointed the pre-press and IT relationship director for the region.