The Drum has restructured its editorial and commercial teams to position itself to meet increasing demand, after winning the PPA’s Media Brand of the Year in 2013.
Editor Gordon Young will continue to head the editorial team, with news editor Stephen Lepitak promoted to the newly created role of online editor. Assistant editor Thomas O’Neill has been appointed magazine editor and opinion editor Cameron Clarke has become managing editor Scotland and commissioning editor.
Meanwhile, senior reporter Jessica Davies has been promoted to news editor, Katie McQuater has become features editor and Ishbel Macleod has been made social media manager. There is a new arrival too as Sam Scott joins from Metro to take on the newly created role of research journalist.
Alongside these changes, commercial director Liz Hamilton will also take on the new role of group commercial director at The Drum, as the company moves to align membership association Marketing Industry Network with the core brand. As such MiNetwork has been rebranded as The Drum Network.
Commenting on the restructure, editor Gordon Young said: “The last two years have witnessed incredible growth for The Drum magazine and the website, and the company as a whole, and we are now addressing how to continue to meet the demand of our readers while improving our overall content and offering going into the new year.”
The restructure has opened up a variety of new editorial roles as The Drum looks to expand the London-based team. The recruitment process is currently underway.
In 2013, The Drum was named Media Brand of the Year, UK Business Magazine of the Year and Scottish Magazine of the Year, with Gordon Young also winning two awards for editor of the year, while its website, the largest media and marketing site in the UK, grew to reach over 850,000 views a month, according to Google Analytics.