After overseeing the Echo’s move from daily to weekly publication, he became managing director of the Lincolnshire business in 2014.
New owners Trinity Mirror have announced that Steven has now taken the decision to leave the business and his last day will be Friday, April 1.
Said Steven: “I’ve had a wonderful time here and we have a superb team, who I will miss, but it’s now time for me to pursue a career outside the business.
“I joined Northcliffe Media as a reporter at the Nottingham Post in 2002 and have worked my way through a variety of challenging, but very enjoyable, roles. I wish everyone the very best for the future in what is such a great industry.”
Trinity Mirror had already announced a new management structure with Mike Pennington as regional managing director for Humber and Lincolnshire.
Mike will now assume full responsibility for Lincolnshire from Monday 4 April.
Under Steven’s editorship, the Echo won Midlands Newspaper of the Year and Campaign of the Year at the Midlands Media Awards.
Rachel Addison, managing director, Trinity Mirror Regionals said: “On behalf of the business, I would like to thank Steven for his significant contribution to the business and wish him well for the future.”