The former Cabal managing director Andy Sutcliffe has joined Future Publishing to fill the role of group publisher in its newly restructured Sports and Entertainment division.
The enlarged sports and entertainment portfolio will be split between Future's London and Bath offices, with Sutcliffe taking charge of the 12 Baker Street-based titles, including several merged into Sports and Entertainment from Future's former music division.
The move comes as part of a wider restructure that sees Future's titles split into four consumer magazine divisions: Business, Internet and Creative; Computing and Video Games; Living, and Sports and Entertainment.
Sutcliffe takes charge of the hard-rock titles Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, as well as Future's home entertainment, digital camera and DVD portfolio, Total Film and football magazines including the official Chelsea and Manchester United titles.
In Bath, fellow group publisher Jon Bickley will continue to handle titles such as Cycling Plus, Sailing Today, Total Guitar and The Mix.
Sutcliffe, a member of Cabal's original line-up, made an abrupt departure from the start-up publisher in March this year. He has since worked on special projects for John Brown Publishing.
'I have been in talks with Future for years but the time and positioning are right for me now,' Sutcliffe said. 'I am pleased to be joining such a young company that specialises in so many areas that interest me. Future's global expansion is very exciting.'