Hearst Magazines UK appoints James Wildman as President and CEO

By : PPA Communications

Hearst Magazines UK has appointed James Wildman as President and Chief Executive Officer.

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The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines President David Carey.

Wildman will report to Carey when he begins in the role on April 3, and he replaces Anna Jones, who departs in February to lead AllBright, a new funding platform for female entrepreneurs.

Currently Chief Revenue Officer at Trinity Mirror plc, Wildman has been responsible for the group’s national advertising revenue and commercial operations.

He was previously Managing Director and VP of Sales at Yahoo UK, and prior to that ran ids, Virgin Media’s former television ad sales business.

“James is entrepreneurial and has a strong track record of transforming media businesses,” Carey said.

“He understands the UK, European and global marketplace, and has a clear vision of how we can continue to move our business forward. He will be a dynamic leader of Hearst Magazines UK, which we plan to expand in the years ahead.

Carey also took the opportunity to thank Jones, saying: "She oversaw the growth of our brands on all platforms, our partnerships with Asda and Jamie Oliver, and used our brands to develop female empowerment initiatives that will continue to be a priority. We wish her the very best in her new endeavour.”

Wildman said: “I am delighted to join Hearst Magazines, which is a strong and growing business, with dynamic brands, incredible talent, and global scale. The UK is Hearst’s most important market outside the US, and I have been given a clear growth mandate for our existing brands in print and digital, as well as incubating ideas for new products, partnerships and acquisitions.

"I am very much looking forward to working closely with my new colleagues both in the UK and the US as we set the agenda for 2017 and beyond.”

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