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October 8, 2013updated 11 Oct 2013 4:47pm

Archant chairman Richard Jewson to stand down after 17 years in job

By Darren Boyle

Archant chairman Richard Jewson will retire at the end of the year after 17 years in the post.

He will be replaced by non-executive director Richard Wyatt.

Speaking last night, Jewson said: “I have been honoured to serve as both a director and chairman of Archant for the last 31 years. During that time I have seen Archant grow from a small newspaper company in East Anglia into a successful community media business operating across the UK.

“I have always intended to retire by the time I reach 70 and this is now a good time to hand over to my successor, Richard Wyatt, to whom I wish all success.”

Jewson’s 54-year-old replacement has been a non-executive director with the company since 2005.

Wyatt said: "I would wish to pay the strongest tributes to Richard Jewson, who has contributed to the success and growth of Archant for more than 30 years. He is and will remain a source of wise counsel for me, and I wish him well in his retirement.”

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Wyatt takes over on 1 January 2014. He is currently chairman of Loudwater Investment Partners Ltd and media agency the Engine Group.

Group chief executive Adrian Jeakings said: "Richard has played a major role in the development of Archant. He has been hugely helpful to me since I took on the role of chief executive and I wish him every happiness in his retirement.

“I am delighted that Richard Wyatt has accepted the position of Archant chairman and look forward to working with him in the future.”


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