The chief executive of one of the UK’s leading regional publishers is stepping down.
Archant this afternoon announced the resignation of its CEO Adrian Jeakings, who has led the group from deep recession six years ago into today’s “calmer waters”.
The 55-year-old Newspaper Society figurehead, pictured below, will leave at the end of the month.
“I have been chief executive for almost six years and have been considering for some time whether or not it is time for me to move on,” he said.
“Now that our new chairman, Simon Bax, has his feet under the table I have decided that now is the right time for me to step down.”
The CEO told his workforce: “It has been an honour to lead Archant through one of the most difficult periods in the company’s history, I will miss working with you and I would like to thank you all for your help and support.”
The company, which employs 1,650 people in a portfolio which includes four daily newspapers, 60 weekly papers, around 80 monthly consumer, contract and regional magazines and over 180 websites, said news of Adrian’s successor will be announced in “due course.”