Trinity Mirror promotes Allan Rennie to MD of Media Scotland as Denise West announces departure

Trinity Mirror has announced the departure of Denise West, managing director of Media Scotland and North East after 17 years with the company.

Changes: Allan Rennie has been promoted to managing director

Editor-in-chief of Media Scotland, Allan Rennie, has been promoted to the managing director role with immediate effect, and Russell Borthwick has been appointed managing director in the North East.

Mark Hollinshead, Trinity Mirror’s chief operating officer, said: “Denise has established an exemplary track record of performance and delivery in her varied career with the company but has now decided to leave to pursue fresh challenges. We wish her every success for the future.”

West was appointed as managing director of Media Scotland and the North East in October 2012 after spending 13 years as commercial director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Hollinshead added: “I am delighted to announce that Allan has been promoted to this role as he is one of the country’s most experienced media executives.

“It’s an exciting time for Media Scotland – in the last year we launched new titles and our digital growth has been impressive. Media Scotland has established itself as the country’s leading multi-platform publisher and under Allan’s stewardship I am confident our audience reach will grow still further.”

Before being promoted to the role of editor-in-chief at Media Scotland in December 2011, Rennie served as editorial development director for Trinity Mirror Nationals.

Media Scotland publishes the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, as well as around 20 local newspapers.

The news follows new appointments elsewhere in Trinity Mirror earlier this week following the departure of Sue Douglas as head of Sunday Brands and the closure of the recently-launched Sunday People.

Among the new appointments are Malcolm Coles as general manager of Mirror Online and Martin Belam as editor, new formats.

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