At Archant, Steve will report to Matt Kelly, who was his old boss at Local World before becoming Archant’s chief content officer in October.
Steve joined Local World in November 2014, having previously worked as Trinity Mirror’s head of digital business development.
While with Local World, he helped reinvent late final editions on its daily titles by publishing them in mobile and tablet format.
The company also launched “weird news” platform Quirker in June 2015, which closed after seven months following Trinity Mirror’s takeover of Local World last autumn.
Steve has nearly 30 years of journalistic experience, including positions as assistant sports editor at the Daily Mirror and editor of its website.
His digital career began in 1998 on the pioneering website Football365, of which he was part of the launch team.
Said Steve: “Archant has an extensive portfolio of brands that sit right at the heart of the communities they serve, with an impressive history of creating innovative and engaging content.
“This talent, coupled with the ambition demonstrated to be the best local media owner in the UK, means it is a very exciting company to be joining. I’m looking forward to working with Matt and his colleagues to drive the digital content strategy forward.”
Matt added: “Steve’s appointment shows our continued commitment to being a relevant, audience-first publisher in our communities, be they geographical or by interest.
“He has terrific experience in digital publishing with a long and successful track record in delivering highly engaged digital audiences. This is a big appointment for us and we’re delighted to have landed someone with such proven capabilities.”
Steve takes up his new role on Monday and will primarily be based at Archant’s Norwich headquarters.