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Paul Cheal promoted to digital publishing director at IPC Media

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By The Drum Team | Staff Writer

July 28, 2011 | 3 min read

IPC Media has announced that Paul Cheal has been promoted to digital publishing director across the platform, with Cheal to start in the new position in late autumn.

Currently the publishing director for NME, NME.com and Uncut, Cheal will play a key role in shaping IPC Media’s digital strategy, and will lead IPC’s editorial and publishing teams in the development of IPC brands across new devices and platforms, with emphasis on tablet growth.

Ahead of taking this new role, Paul will take additional publishing responsibility for Feelgood games, IPC Connect’s new gaming website for women, and in this role will report to managing director Fiona Dent, effective 8 September.

Kevin Heery will relinquish his current publishing responsibilities for the site from the same date, when he takes up his new role of digital technology director.

Neil Robinson, IPC’s director, said: “I’m delighted to appoint someone of Paul’s talent and experience to this pivotal role. His proven understanding of digital publishing, allied to his experience of developing strategies in emerging platforms, are skills that we can now bring to bear across all of our publishing divisions.”

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Paul Williams, IPC Inspire managing director, said: “The 20-plus industry awards that NME has won during Paul’s tenure are testament to his unrivalled commercial and entrepreneurial skill. It is entirely appropriate that the whole company benefits from his experience in building revenues across new platforms.”

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