Harris out as Emap remodels retail

Tony Harris, divisional managing director of Emap Business Communications’ Media and Fashion companies, lost his job last Thursday.

Tony Harris, divisional managing director of Emap Business

Communications’ Media and Fashion companies, lost his job last

Thursday.



The news followed a restructure which created a new division called Emap

Retail - comprising Emap Fashion, exhibition specialist TPS and the

retail elements of Emap Maclaren.



Harris is literally sailing off into the sunset and from next week will

spend the rest of the year on a trans-Atlantic yacht. Harris and EBC are

contractually prevented from discussing the details of his sudden

departure after ten years with the company.



Previously Harris was managing director of Emap Computing, and before

that, managing director of Emap Response (now Emap Automotive). He cut

his teeth in publishing roles at VNU, and before joining Emap, ran the

Midlands-based freesheet, Post and Star Newspapers.



Meanwhile, Emap Retail will be headed by divisional managing director

David Metcalfe. It will comprise nine magazines and 13 exhibitions,

including Drapers Record, Retail Week, Asian Plastics News and

streetwear show 40o, and will have estimated revenues of pounds 50

million.



Each company will continue to exist individually but at an inaugural

Emap Retail board meeting this week representatives will discuss to what

degree ’synergies can be leveraged’. Closer co-operation across

exhibitions and electronic publishing is likely.



Metcalfe said the move may result in some staff - now based in Islington

and Croydon - being moved together but said initiating a group sales

function was ’extremely unlikely in the short term’.



He said: ’We may look at that in areas such as classified sales on

Drapers Record and Retail Week but we will talk to all the people

involved.’



Tim Brooks, divisional managing director of Healthcare, LGC and Finance

adds Emap Media to his responsibilities.



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