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iPlayer Genius Ashley Highfield Joins Johnston Press as CEO

British publisher Johnston Press has appointed Ashley Highfield, a top executive at Microsoft Corporation as its new chief executive officer.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Johnston Press PLC, the famous publisher of regional newspapers Scotsman and Yorkshire Post in the United Kingdom has announced that Ashley Highfield will take over the role of new chief executive.

Ashley Highfield will succeed John Fry, the current CEO who has already resigned from his job in March, at a handsome package of £500,000 from November 1. Highfield will join Johnston Press at their headquarters in Edinburgh.

“I am delighted to announce Ashley’s appointment. His combined online and media sector pedigree will be a major strength in enabling us to grow our business again.” chairman of Johnston Press, Ian Russell stated. He also added a thanking note to John Fry for his tremendous contribution to the company and wished him well for future.

Highfield is one of the major names behind Microsoft’s digital business in the UK where he worked as the vice president. He also worked with the BBC Online as its editor-in-chief and launched BBC iPlayer. He is also the man behind Project Kangaroo, a joint venture of ITV and C4. [Image courtesy: BBC]