DC Thomson has announced the appointment of Annelies van den Belt as chief executive of the online publishing business BSOP.
Part of DC Thomson’s digital division, Brightsolid, the company owns geneaology websites including findmypast.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk, as well as having bought Friends Reunited last year.
Van den Belt said: "The opportunity at Brightsolid to build a truly global digital family history business is an exciting one.
"Brightsolid has the potential through its current assets and footprint in the English speaking markets to become a leading global player.”
Previously, van den belt has held senior roles at Sup, the Russian online publisher that bought blog network LiveJournal, as well as ITV and Telegraph Media Group.