New managing director post at Spectator publisher

The publisher of The Spectator, Press Holdings Media Group, has created the new role of managing director and has appointed former Emap managing director Ben Greenish to the post.

Greenish’s appointment follows Group General Manager Paul Woolfenden stepping down as after seven years to ‘seek fresh opportunities”, and the announcement that Andrew Neil will be moving from chief executive to chairman of the group, although still retaining his role as editor-in-chief of the group.

Greenish, who will start on 1 September this year, is moving from Emap where held the position of divisional managing director for Emap Construct. He will take over the day-to-day running of the commercial activities of the group, reporting to Neil.

He said: ‘My job is to ensure that the profile and unrivalled professionalism of The Spectator and its sister titles are fully matched commercially; the opportunity to develop the business under the Spectator brand is truly exciting. I am eagerly looking forward to steering it through the next phase of its history.”

Greenish has been publisher of a number of B2B titles across sectors including construction, property and architecture and relaunched the travel portfolio at CMPi, which includes Travel Trade Gazette.

Commenting on Greenish’s appointment, Neil said: ‘He brings with him 20 years experience in the magazine business and has the track-record to take PHMG to the next stage of its successful commercial development.”

Neil said that the group is experiencing continuing growth and predicts a circulation increase for The Spectator, but said there is still more for Greenish to do.

‘Spectator advertising revenues were almost 10 per cent up year-on-year in the first half of 2008, a remarkable performance in the current economic climate, paid subscriptions were up 6 per cent and newsstand up 5 per cent – which means we are heading for yet another increase in our headline ABC circulation for the first half of 2008. Ben has the skills and experience to continue the Group’s growth and expansion.’

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