Trish Wadley leaves marketing position at The Independent

Trish Wadley, the marketing director for The Independent and The

Independent on Sunday, has resigned without a job to go to.

The decision on the future of Wadley, who has held the marketing

director post for a mere six months, was reached last Thursday evening.

The Independent is expected to release a statement on the move later

this week, confirming her departure 'for personal reasons'. However,

sources close to The Independent have suggest that her hand was


In her position as marketing director, Wadley reported to the titles'

commercial director, Stephen Miron.

The move is made all the more surprising by the effective overhaul of

The Independent's agency arrangements that Wadley has conducted since

her appointment in October. Manning Gottlieb Media grabbed the pounds 3

million planning and buying business in January following a four-way

pitch that included the incumbent, Zenith Media. The two-year incumbent,

Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, resigned the creative account in the same month,

with Walsh Trott Chick Smith eventually appointed to the vacant business

following a three-way pitch.

The 38-year-old Wadley was drafted in to the marketing director post

from Thomson Financial, where she was the director of European marketing

and communications. She had previously dealt with newspaper titles as

the marketing manager of News Limited Australia.

Since Wadley's arrival, The Independent's circulation fell from a figure

of 240,272, although the paper did post a rise of 0.74 per cent to

225,606 in last month's ABCs.


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