Hamish Nicklin has been poached from global media technology company AOL, where he was managing director of the UK business, and joins Guardian News & Media as chief revenue officer.
It is the first time the Guardian has appointed a chief revenue officer, which incorporates the media company's advertising revenues with its Jobs and Guardian Labs businesses.
In his new role Nicklin will be responsible for building long-term business relationships directly with clients and agencies across the globe. He will report to David Pemsel and sit on the Guardian News & Media Executive Committee.
David Pemsel, chief executive officer of GMG, said: “I am delighted to have attracted someone of Hamish’s calibre to the role of chief revenue officer of GNM. With his in depth knowledge of the commercial media sector, Hamish will play a key role in unlocking the full potential of the Guardian’s valuable audience and cross platform reach.”
Until now Nicklin has been managing director of AOL UK since June 2015. In his role he held overall responsibility for the strategy, planning, delivery and execution of AOL’s UK business, both commercial and editorial.
Prior to this he was director of sales at Google, a company he worked at for nine years after joining the company’s financial services department in 2006, a sector in which he began his career, holding multiple positions at Morgan Stanley, Coutts and Lloyds TSB.
Hamish Nicklin said: “The Guardian has an outstanding reputation for ground breaking journalism and innovative news products, making it one of the most exciting media brands in the world. It’s a brand and an organisation that I have always admired and respected, so the opportunity to be part of that was simply too good to turn down and I am really excited to play a key role in its future. “