During Matt’s time with Local World, the company reinvented late final editions on its daily titles by publishing them in mobile and tablet format.
Matt will begin his new role on 16 November, with Bob Crawley, who has held the role of Archant interim chief content officer since January 2015, becoming director of content, reporting to Matt.
He later worked for Sol361, a global news design and strategy agency based in Barcelona.
Archant chief executive Jeff Henry said “Matt has a rare combination of local and national editorial experience and has been a key player in the digital transformation of publishing for many years, bringing together real credibility in both the print business and the digital world.
“He has the gravitas and know-how to build the content vision at the heart of our business model; engaging our customers with inspiring content wherever they may be, on paper and on screen.
“This appointment demonstrates our commitment to continuous innovation, whilst creating best-in-class content, and I have no doubt that Matt will be a real asset to the team.”
Matt added: “Archant has a fantastic heritage, an impressive portfolio of powerful local brands and the vision and ambition to be the best local media owner in the UK.
“They have demonstrated genuine commitment to investing in the future and I’m excited to join Jeff and the great content team at Archant.”