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Press Association to get new chairman

The PA Group has announced it is to have a new chairman from tomorrow in the shape of much-travelled national newspaper boss Murdoch MacLennan.

Mr MacLennan is currently chief executive of the Telegraph Media Group and has previously held senior management positions at Associated Newspapers, Mirror Group Newspapers, Express Newspapers, the Scottish Daily Record and the Sunday Mail.

He is taking over as the group’s non-executive chairman from former Johnston Press boss Tim Bowdler, who is stepping down after overseeing Clive Marshall’s appointment as chief executive in succession to Paul Potts.

Mr MacLennan previously served on the board of the PA Group, which owns the Press Association, from 1998 to 2004.

He said: “It is a real honour to be appointed chairman of PA Group. It is a fascinating time to be involved in the industry and, with Clive now at the helm, it is an exciting moment in the Press Association’s history.

“I very much look forward to working with Clive and the team in my new role. I would like to thank Tim Bowdler for being such an excellent steward, and guiding PA Group through a crucial transitional period.”

Mr Marshall said: “I am delighted that Murdoch has agreed to take on the role of PA Group chairman. Having worked with Murdoch previously, I know that his insight and experience will be invaluable to the group and I look forward to working together as we shape the future of the Press Association’s businesses.”

Mr Bowdler added: “I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to play a part in the continued development of PA Group. It is a great organisation and I wish Murdoch, Clive and his team every success.”