London, United Kingdom– 15 April 2021 – The Independent, Britain’s largest quality news brand and a top-ten US news brand, has today announced a series of senior appointments across its advertising team. The hires reflect a new era of strategic and international growth for the company, following its ongoing commercial successes, underlined by five consecutive years of profit.
Commercial appointments being announced today include:
The news follows other recent commercial senior hires, including:
Reporting to Andy Morley, The Independent’s Chief Digital Revenue Officer, the expanded senior commercial team will reinforce and further build out the business’s data-driven products and services, audiences and global presence.
Commenting on the hires, Andy said: “We are thrilled to welcome these impressive individuals to The Independent, hires which demonstrate our unwavering commitment to bringing together the industry’s best talent.
We’re laser focused on continuing to lead the way in tech, data and programmatic, whilst diversifying further across our direct business. Through a renewed vigour around our trading book, the launch of the newest branded content team in publishing, Independent Ignite, and delivering a clear commercial vision to market, we firmly believe we can provide something unique: a strong, nimble, standalone proposition in the UK, US and beyond, motivated by detail and powered by scale.”
The senior commercial appointments coincide with a string of additions to the editorial team. Most recently, Nadine White has joined as the title’s first Race Correspondent, reporting on issues affecting the lives of people of colour and exposing stories of racial injustice. Nadine was the winner of the inaugural Paulette Wilson Windrush Award in November, was listed on the recent Forbes 30 under 30 list and has been nominated for a host of other prizes including the Diversity in Media Awards and the Amnesty Media Awards. The Independent has also welcomed talented columnists, Cathy Newman, the longstanding Channel 4 news lead, and Konnie Huq, author and television and radio presenter.
These appointments follow February’s landmark financial results for The Independent which delivered record revenues of £30m (up 12% year-on-year) and profits of £2.7m (up 18%).