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Nick Hugh appointed Telegraph CEO just six months after joining as operating lead


By Jessica Goodfellow | Media Reporter

June 14, 2017 | 3 min read

Telegraph Media Group (TMG) has promoted Nick Hugh, the company's chief operating officer of less than six months, to the role of chief executive, as Murdoch MacLennan moves into a deputy chairman role.

Nick Hugh becomes chief executive of the Telegraph Media Group

Nick Hugh becomes chief executive of the Telegraph Media Group

Hugh joined the Telegraph in January this year as the publisher's first ever chief operating officer, a role that has seen him assume responsibility for all TMG's revenue streams and commercial operations.

It is not yet known if the publisher will be replacing his role as chief operating officer.

He joined from Yahoo, where in his eight-year tenure he held various positions, most recently as vice president for EMEA.

TMG said that in his short time at the publisher Hugh has overseen a restructure to increase the focus on future growth drivers in the digital ecosystem across advertising, commerce and events – a strategy he will continue as chief executive to ensure a “healthy future for quality journalism”.

In his new role, MacLennan, who is also chairman of the Press Association Group, will continue to maintain a leadership role within the key industry bodies such as the News Media Association, the Regulatory Funding Company (which funds the work of press regulator IPSO) and INMA (The International News Media Association), of which he is an international board member. He is also a member of the Google DNI Council.

MacLennan said: “I am immensely proud of everything we have achieved at The Telegraph, and honoured to become deputy chairman of the group. I look forward to representing The Telegraph on a number of national and international organisations fighting for press and commercial freedom.

"I wish Nick well and look forward to continuing to support him and the TMG team in my new role.”

Aidan Barclay, chairman of Telegraph Media Group, added: “I am delighted that Nick Hugh is to become CEO. He has the ideal background and track record to build on the successful business we run today and I’m very optimistic about our future.

“I am extremely grateful to Murdoch for his work over the last 13 years. He has led The Telegraph’s transformation during a period of profound change within the media and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”

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