IPC Inspire has announced that NME editor Mike Williams is replacing Krissi Murison as editor next month.
Mike began working with the music magazine as a freelance before becoming features editor in September 2010.
He was promoted to deputy editor in June 2011 when he worked on special projects including planning and co-ordinating the editorial coverage of the magazine’s 60th birthday celebrations.
Before joining NME he was editor of Kruger magazine, which he launched in 2004 and edited for six years, during which time he was named editor of the year at the Record of the Day Awards in 2009.
He said: ‘I’m super excited to be the new editor of NME. As far as dream positions go, it really doesn’t get any better than this.
‘Krissi Murison has done an amazing job as my predecessor, and I’m totally honoured to pick up the baton from her.
‘My challenge is to make NME magazine and the wider NME brand even sharper, our message more coherent and to engage even more with NME’s audience of passionate music fans.
Murison is leaving the magazine after three years to join The Sunday Times magazine.
Publishing director Emily Hutchings added: ‘After an extensive recruitment process, I am absolutely thrilled to announce Mike Williams as the next editor of NME.
‘He brings with him a wealth of editorial experience as well as knowledge in managing multiplatform brand extensions.
‘Mike demonstrated a clear strategic vision and passion for NME that will help take the brand on to even greater success.’
The most recent ABC figures for the NME during the last six months of 2011 show print circulation fell 14 per cent to 27,650.