His previous roles have included those of group editor with Newsquest in East London, editor of the Johnston Press-owned Southern Reporter in the Scottish borders, and editor of a group of titles in Alloa owned by the now-defunct Forth Independent Newspapers.
During his time at the Southern Reporter, the publication was voted best local newspaper in Scotland for three years in a row, and he also picked up a clutch of awards at Alloa.
Willie, a passionate advocate for the local press, is relishing the prospect of joining The Oban Times.
He told HoldtheFrontPage: “The Oban Times is one of Scotland’s great local newspapers, and I am delighted to be able to have the opportunity to help write a new chapter in the history of this well respected and popular title.
“Ever since my first job as a cub reporter on the Paisley Gazette, I have always enjoyed the variety and richness of local newspapers. And that interest remains undiminished.
“These are both exciting and challenging times for the local press, but I passionately believe that local newspapers such as The Oban Times can still play a crucial and central part in informing and shaping the community – whether in newsprint or on a digital platform.’
Willie and his wife Ann, also a journalist, have visited Oban and the surrounding area many times over the years and have enjoyed family holidays on Mull and Tiree.
He added: “I am really looking forward to taking up the reins, and becoming a part of the local community.”
Wyvex Media Managing Director, Alister Bennett, said: “We very much look forward to Willie joining us in June, and to progressing our plans to further improve The Oban Times.”