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Regional publishers announce senior appointments

Northcliffe Media has announced the appointment of two publishers to run its newspaper centres in Leicester and Nottingham.

Steve Hollingsworth, currently managing director of the Leicester Mercury, will move up the M1 to take charge of the Nottingham Post from Tuesday 30 August.

Meanwhile the publisher’s job in Leicester goes to David Simms, currently managing director of Trinity Mirror’s North-East division, ncjMedia.

In a simultaneous announcement, Trinity Mirror revealed that David’s old role in Newcastle will go to Bob Cuffe, until now the managing director of the Gazette Media Company on Teesside.

Joanne Glynn, the current MD at Nottingham, has already announced her departure ahead of the forthcoming Northcliffe restructure, which will also see publishers appointed at the Hull and Bristol centres.

Northcliffe managing director Steve Auckland said: “I’m delighted to welcome Steve and David into their new positions. Both Steve and David create a positive and entrepreneurial spirit, and their experience will be extremely valuable in helping to take the business forward.”

The appointments mark a return for David, who spent two years at the Leicester Mercury as classified sales manager in the mid-1990s.

He began his career with Trinity Mirror in telesales at the Wirral News in 1984, and took up his current role in Newcastle on the departure of Steve Brown in 2009.

Steve Hollingsworth has worked for Northcliffe Media for 38 years, working his way up from a trainee ad sales rep at the Grimsby Telegraph.

His other roles have included advertising director at the Hull Daily Mail, and managing director of Northcliffe’s Grimsby and Scunthorpe titles.

Bob has been managing director in Teesside since 2007 and will now add the Newcastle centre to his existing portfolio.

Georgina Harvey, managing director of Trinity Mirror Regionals, said: “Bob knows this region like the back of his hand and his understanding of the marketplace coupled with over 25 years of experience means he is expertly equipped to drive the North East business forward.”

Bob added: “I’m sorry to see David leave, but thrilled at the opportunity to be regional managing director.

“Our newspapers and websites are critically important to the region, and although the marketplace is very challenging, I feel it’s a privilege to be invited to lead the North East businesses.”