- Express Newspapers has promoted Andy Jonesco to managing director as part of a management shake-up that sees former managing director Nicholas Rudd Jones moved to head up United News & Media's on-line activities.
The news comes as Express Newspapers continues to battle against declining circulation. Jonesco, who was deputy managing director and advertisement director of Express Newspapers, was promoted last Friday. Industry observers suggest that Rudd Jones has been sidelined as the Express Group looks to reinvigorate its newspapers.
Richard Ogle, head of classified advertising, becomes advertising director, while Lindsay Cook, editorial development director, will assume responsibility for the Scottish and Irish operations of Express Newspapers. Paul Woolfenden, commercial director, will also head up the Enterprises department.
Jonesco joined Express Newspapers in October 1996 from The Telegraph where he was sales director. Commenting on his new role, he said: "I'm very excited about it. I came here because Express Newspapers was always going to be a difficult job and now I've got full control."
He dismissed reports last week that the Sunday Express would be left to find its own level in terms of promotions and bulk sales.
Referring to Rudd Jones's tenure on Express Newspapers, Clive Hollick, chief executive of United News & Media, said: "In his two years at Express Newspapers, Nicholas has played a key role in strengthening the business, developing the newspapers and successfully developing the Express and Daily Star brands on-line."
Rudd Jones's first task will be to work with Line One to conclude a series of on-line partnerships with UN&M's major UK companies, including Meridian, Anglia, HTV, Express Newspapers, NOP, United Advertising Publications and Miller Freeman.