Associated appoints Titus chief executive of AN Digital

LONDON - Associated Newspapers has appointed Richard Titus from the BBC as chief executive of AN Digital.

At the BBC Titus was controller, future media, and led one of three future media divisions. He contributed to a number of high-profile projects including the launch of the personalised homepage, the BBC iPlayer and the corporation's mobile strategy and services.

He has founded or co-founded several businesses in his 20-plus year digital media career, including interactive agency Tag Media, which later became Razorfish. More recently he founded Schematic, which was acquired by WPP in 2007.

At AN Digital, his primary focus will be the leadership, growth and strategic direction of the business. He will report directly to Associated group managing director Kevin Beatty.

Titus succeeds Andy Hart, who left his role as Associated Northcliffe Digital managing director last July after six years running the newspaper group's digital operations.

It is understood Titus is not a direct replacement for Hart, some of whose responsibilities were passed to Daily Mail managing director Guy Zitter last September.

These include responsibility for the Mail's digital sales network and overseeing digital activities for the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail’s activity in Ireland, and its publications operation in India.

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