J Moriarty to join Johnston Press as chief digital and product officer

Johnston Press has announced the appointment of Jeff Moriarty, currently VP for digital products for The Boston Globe and general manager for Boston.com, as chief digital and product officer.

Moriarty will join Johnston Press in April with responsibility for the vision and development of the company’s digital strategy.

Chief executive officer Ashley Highfield said: “Jeff is an outstanding candidate and the knowledge, experience, insight and innovation that he will bring to Johnston Press will help us forge ahead with our ambitious growth plans.

“Our digital revenues have grown by 60 per cent and in many parts of the UK they now account for 20 per cent of our overall advertising revenues -as recently as 2010 they made up only five per cent. Jeff’s exceptional track record will ensure our growth continues and I very much look forward to welcoming him aboard.”

Moriarty replaces former Johnston Press digital and business development director Henry Faure Walker, who has been appointed Newsquest’s CEO.

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