Healy succeeds Karl Marsden who was promoted to chief operating officer in spring 2015.
Healy, the former trading director, will now oversee all of the company’s commercial revenue teams, including weekly titles ShortList and Stylist, and their websites.
He will also lead the commercial operations for the group’s daily emails Emerald Street and Mr Hyde. Collecively, the media company posted revenues of £23 million for the year to end of August 2014.
Healy was one of the company’s very first employees in 2007 and his promotion comes as the group looks to expand its operation following its complete sale to DC Thomson in March.
Mike Soutar, the chief executive of Shortlist Media, said: "Chris has the character and the talent to shine as group commercial director. My board directors and I ran an exhaustive external search process and we are delighted to say that Chris proved to be the leading candidate.
"He knows the business inside out, has brilliant customer contacts and is ambitious to see the company and our brands grow. It is such a pleasure to promote someone who has grown with the company since it launched."
Healy is now on the hunt for a new trading director to step into his previous role.