No plans to replace Mullins at Times

News International has no plans to replace Andrew Mullins, the general manager for Times Newspapers, who this week resigned to join the Evening Standard as its managing director.

Mullins' responsibilites are expected to be absorbed by Paul Hayes, the managing director of Times Newspapers, and his senior team.

Following a lengthy search for a managing director, Mullins is expected to join the Standard in the new year.

The Standard, which is suffering from a declining circulation following the launch of the free publications thelondonpaper and London Lite, has been on the hunt for a managing director since Mike Anderson departed to join News Group more than a year ago. Bert Hardy was drafted in to fill the role in a caretaking capacity, but he has been suffering with ill health.

Mullins, who has worked at News International for six years and is a former marketer at Unilever and Diageo, faces the challenge of turning the fortunes of the Standard around. Last month, the paper suffered a 14 per cent drop in its circulation to 281,915.

Sources at Associated also suggested that the role is likely to be a demanding one, due to the importance of forging a strong relationship with the Standard's editor, Veronica Wadley, and her boss, the Daily Mail editor and Associated editor-in-chief, Paul Dacre.

Mullins said: "I am looking forward to working with the editorial and commercial teams at the Standard. I am sure it will be immensely rewarding and a lot of fun."