The company has confirmed the CEO’s departure, with chairman Simon Bax taking up the newly created role of executive chairman at the same time.
Jeff’s departure follows last week’s announcement that Brian McCarthy, Archant’s chief operating officer, will also be leaving the company after 15 years.
The announcement of Jeff’s departure came hours after staff were told the company’s print plant at Thorpe was due to close, and Jeff himself had visited the centre last night to inform workers there of the move.
Of his departure, Jeff said: “I have had five fantastic years as CEO and have been proud to lead a magnificent group of people at Archant through the acceleration of digital innovation.
“The company has progressed on so many fronts and I am very proud of our transformational achievements during times of great change for the publishing industry.
“It’s been an honour to be part of the Archant story. It is now time for me to move on to new ideas and opportunities.”
He had previously been CEO of Filmflex Movies, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company.
In the announcement, Simon said: “I would like to thank Jeff for all that he has done over the past five years. He has assembled a tremendous team and positioned Archant as an innovative and dynamic company, as evidenced by the unique and exclusive relationships with companies such as Hearst and Google.
“Whenever I meet our staff, I am truly engaged by their creativity and passion. Our transformational journey continues and I look forward to working even closer with our teams to build a successful future for Archant.”
A total of 96 staff currently work the Thorpe centre and a number of redundancies are expected as a result, although Archant declined to confirm how many when approached by HTFP.