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Guardian announces departure of Michael Bloom, CEO of Guardian US

By Angela Haggerty, Reporter

December 16, 2013 | 3 min read

Guardian news and Media (GNM) has announced the departure of Guardian US CEO Michael Bloom and a series of new appointments.

Departure: Guardian US CEO Michael Bloom is leaving the company

According to a statement from GNM, Bloom will stay on in his role until the end of January 2014 before leaving “to pursue other opportunities”. GNM’s chief commercial officer, David Pemsel, will work closely with the US commercial team to oversee the transition, and will take on a new expanded role himself as deputy chief executive of GNM.

Pemsel will take on responsibility for all commercial operations in the UK, US and Australia and will focus on the growth of advertising sales, Guardian Jobs, Guardian Labs, consumer revenues and commercial delivery from a domestic level into global functions.

Tony Danker, who led the recent launch of Guardian Australia, has also taken on an expanded role as director of international partnerships and he will focus on identifying new investment areas.

Andrew Miller, CEO of Guardian Media Group, said: “We’d like to thank and recognise Michael Bloom for successfully steering Guardian US through its first two years.

“He helped build the business from a start-up operation to a much-respected media brand in the highly competitive US market, with traffic growth of over 46 per cent and revenue up 75 per cent year-on-year.

“In order to capitalise on the momentum we have created, now is the right time to integrate our commercial operations across the UK, US and Australia in line with our global strategy and ambitions.”

Guardian News and Media’s digital revenues have grown by almost 30 per cent in the last financial year.

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