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Bath, Banes, United Kingdom, 2013/07/10 - Future, the international media group and leading digital publisher, today announces the reorganisation of its UK senior management structure, as the company continues to transition towards becoming a predominantly digital business - Futureplc.com. LSE: FUTR
The most significant aspect of the changes is that the title ‘Publisher’ will be dropped from job roles in a move designed to better reflect the function of senior managers in driving all aspects of the commercial development of their brands.
Future CEO Mark Wood says: “’Publisher’ is an outmoded job title for what is required of our business heads now. These changes reflect our re-positioning away from a platform-focused structure to a more audience-based approach. Our business leaders have a far broader remit to drive audience and revenue growth across a full range of platforms and touch points including events, video, ecommerce and mobile.
“Future’s business model has changed at speed and will continue to do so. We are recognised as an international leader in tablet publishing, we’ve delivered 46% growth year-on-year in global unique users and digital advertising now represents more than 57% of total advertising revenue. Meanwhile we are building powerful new offerings in terms of creative solutions, native content and beyond and in turn we are building significant new partnerships with international clients like Hyundai, O2 and Dell. The new structure best places us to drive the business forward.”
Future last week announced the launch of The Photography Show, a major new consumer/trade event scheduled for the NEC next March and supported by the Royal Photographic Society. Meanwhile Future’s innovation continues to be recognised by the UK media industry. The company has been named Digital Publisher of the Year by both the PPA and the AOP, and was named Media Company of the Year at the recent British Media Awards.
The new structure of Future’s portfolio management:
Technology, Film & Games
Reporting to Nial Ferguson Managing Director of Technology, Film & Games
• Clair Porteous becomes Deputy MD with responsibility for Film & Games
• Lee Nutter becomes Head of Games
• Nick Merritt becomes Head of TechRadar
• Ian Robson becomes Head of Computing
• Matthew Pierce becomes Head of Photography
• Declan Gough becomes Head of Creative & Design
Sport, Auto & Musi
Reporting to Andy Rice Managing Director of Sport, Auto & Music
• Joint Heads of Sport: Richard Schofield (CyclingNews and road brands) and Dave Clutterbuck (BikeRadar and off-road brands)
• Charley Davies becomes Head of Auto
• Rob Last becomes Head of Music
Reporting to Jo Morrell Managing Director of Future Women
• Katherine Raderecht becomes Head of Lifestyle
• Kerry Lawrence becomes Head of Women’s Creative
• Liz Taylor becomes Associate Head of Women’s Creative (General Crafts and Bookazines)
About Future plc
• Future plc (futureplc.com) is an international media group and leading digital publisher, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR).
• We have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating more than 200 publications, apps, websites and events.
• We hold market-leading positions in Technology, Games, Music, Creative and Sport & Auto sectors.
• We attract more than 51 million monthly global unique users to our websites, which include techradar.com, gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com and musicradar.com.
• Future sold more than 24 million magazines last year, that’s 45 magazines sold every minute. Our most well-known brands include T3, Cycling Plus, Total Film, Mollie Makes and Official Xbox Magazine.
• Future has developed its own app-creation software, FutureFolio. We produce over 100 digital editions, and have now sold over five million digital copies.
• Future exports or syndicates 225 publications to over 89 countries, making us the UK’s number one exporter and licensor of magazine content.
• Future has been named Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year for three years in a row by the Association of Online Publishers (2011, 2012, 2013) and is currently the Professional Publishers Association Digital Publisher of the Year and the British Media Awards Media Company of the Year.