Keenan takes up managing director role at Emap Metro

Paul Keenan, the Emap Elan acting managing director, has been appointed managing director of another Emap division, Metro, following Sue Hawken’s return to Elan after maternity leave.

Paul Keenan, the Emap Elan acting managing director, has been

appointed managing director of another Emap division, Metro, following

Sue Hawken’s return to Elan after maternity leave.



Keenan, who also takes a place on the Consumer Division Board, has been

at Emap Elan since November 1997. He became its acting managing director

last May on Hawken’s departure. At Metro, he replaces Barry McIlheny,

who will now concentrate on his role as the managing director of Project

J, until its launch in the spring.



After Project J’s introduction, Keenan will take over responsibility for

the magazine and McIlheny will leave Metro and take on a senior position

within Emap’s overseas operations.



’I’ve had a great year at Elan,’ Keenan said, ’and it’s sad to leave

such committed and talented people. But the Metro job is just fantastic.

The magazines are all iconic, and an inheritance like this is one in a

million.’



Tom Moloney, the chief executive of Emap Consumer Magazines, said: ’Paul

has proved at Elan that he has the ability to be an outstanding managing

director and I’m confident he will be a big success at Metro.’



As part of the reshuffle, Philip Thomas has been promoted to managing

director of FHM, from his position as caretaker executive publishing

director at Elan, now that the role’s incumbent, Louise Matthews, has

also returned from maternity leave.



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