Manchester Evening News editor Paul Horrocks has been nominated as vicepresident of the Society of Editors.
Subject to endorsement at the Society's AGM at the annual conference, he will take over as president from Charles McGhee, editor of The Herald, in November.
McGhee said: "I am delighted Paul has accepted the vice-president's post — he was the unanimous choice of the SoE board. As editor of the MEN, Paul has been a pioneer in cross-media initiatives, and the principles of convergence have already been embraced in his Manchester operation. I look forward to working with him as we prepare for this year's conference in Glasgow."
Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society said: "Paul is one of the most forward thinking editors around.
He will be an excellent choice to take the Society upwards and onwards."
Horrocks has been a member of the Society's board since 2002. He has been editor of the Manchester Evening News since June 1997. He is also the editor-in-chief of Manchester Metro News. He joined the Manchester Evening News in 1975 as a general news reporter. In September 1989, he was appointed news editor, responsible for news investigations and campaigns. In July 1994, he was promoted to assistant editor and in March 1996, he was made deputy editor. He is also a member of the Press Complaints Commission.