John Myers, GMG Radio’s chief executive is to be succeed by Stuart Taylor next April, the company has announced.
Taylor, currently deputy chief executive will take on the role next year, although the company has said that Meyer will continued to be involved in an advisory capacity to GMG, specifically in areas such as regulation and the future of DAB.
Myers was involved with the launch of the company a decade ago, while Taylor joined from Guardian News & Media in June of last year as part of the divisions succession planning. He was appointed deputy chief executive in March this year.
Myers said: “It has been a great privilege and pleasure to lead GMG’s radio business for the last decade, which has been one of excitement, expansion – and tremendous fun.
“After 30 years in the industry I feel it’s the right time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of the business and move into semi-retirement. I'm particularly pleased that, because of our careful succession planning, I am able to hand over the reins to a brilliant chief executive who already knows the business inside out. Stuart is a superb operator and I know that GMG Radio can look forward to continued success under his leadership.”
Carolyn McCall, chief executive of Guardian Media Group, said: “John has been a great leader of our radio business. Over the last 10 years he has built the company up from scratch, winning licences, launching stations and acquiring new assets. He has made an immense contribution to the success of GMG Radio, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his advisory capacity.
“Stuart is among the industry’s most highly rated and respected executives, and it is testament to the calibre of the team that we are able to appoint such a successor from within the business.”