Ashley Highfield resigns as CEO of Johnston Press

Ashley Highfield resigns as CEO of Johnston Press

Johnston Press has confirmed that Ashley Highfield has resigned from his post as chief executive officer and will not stand for re-election at the company AGM on 5 June.

Citing family reasons and a desire to transition to a ‘plural’ non-executive director role, Highfield will pass the baton to David King, current chief financial officer, from the AGM onward.

Highfield said: "I have been privileged to lead Johnston Press during a period of unprecedented turbulence in our industry. Since 2011 we have grown our overall audience in particular our digital business, created an industry leading tele-sales operation and maintained margins. The acquisition of the i newspaper has been a particular highlight.”

Johnston press chairman Camilla Rhodes added: "On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Ashley for his significant contribution since becoming CEO in 2011. We are sorry that he felt that his personal circumstances required a change at this time.”

Highfield stepped up to the plate as CEO in 2011 pledging to drive operational savings.

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