The last member of the Johnston family still working at Johnston Press is in consultations over his future with the regional publisher.
Michael Johnston, divisional managing director for Scotland and the North East, is one of three senior executives whose roles are at risk in a proposed restructure.
The Johnston family has been involved in the printing business since 1767 and bought control of its first newspaper, the Falkirk Herald, in 1846.
Michael is the son of Freddy Johnston, whose retirement in 2010 meant there was no family member on the company’s main board for the first time in its 243 year history.
The other two executives in consultation with the company over their futures are David Caskie, divisional finance director for Scotland and North-East and Richard Bell, managing director of Johnston Falkirk.
The news was carried in the business pages of its flagship title, The Scotsman, earlier today.
In a statement issued last night, chief executive Ashley Highfield said: “We can confirm that we are in consultation with senior executives at The Scotsman Publications and Johnston Falkirk and we are unable to make any further comment at the present time.”
Ashley has recently taken over as chief executive at the company, joining from Microsoft, where he was vice-president responsible for its UK consumer arm.