Three of the most senior executives in regional publisher Local World have left the company in a management restructure.
Rich Mead, who was executive director in charge of the company’s South West titles, has left along with Karen Wall, who oversaw communications, and interim executive Steve Brown.
Their roles have been divided between two other senior executives, Rachel Addison who becomes chief operating officer in addition to her role as chief finance officer, and Lisa Gordon, who moves from a non-executive director role to become corporate development director.
The changes are understood to have been announced in an email to staff by Local World chairman David Montgomery today.
The company said in a statement: “The changes announced are aimed to help our ambitions to fully integrate transformation with the operating businesses. This should bring content, commerce and technology together to deliver a carefully planned, coordinated and well-executed strategy.
“Rachel Addison becomes COO in addition to her role as CFO. This incorporates all support functions to the business.
“Lisa Gordon, currently Non-Executive Director joins as Corporate Development Director. Lisa brings with her a wealth of media experience.
“The new structure means we say goodbye to Rich Mead, Karen Wall and Steve Brown, who are all highly professional, experienced and talented media operators, with Mead and Wall being former assistant MDs at Metro.”
Lisa had been chief operating officer of Iliffe News and Media prior to the merger and is said to have been instrumental in the deal that led to the creation of Local World.