Chris Longcroft appointed Managing Director, Operations
News International today announces the appointment of Chris Longcroft to the newly created role of Managing Director, Operations.
Longcroft will be responsible for Newsprinters, the three News International-owned and managed sites in Broxbourne, Knowsley and Eurocentral, as well as the contract print sites across the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe. He will also have responsibility for all direct production costs, including newsprint, ink and plates, business continuity, and the distribution network, including both the wholesale relationships and the Direct-to-Retail capabilities.
In his new role, Longcroft will help capitalise on News International’s existing world-class capabilities in printing and distribution and identify opportunities to leverage these for further 3rd-party business in the future.
He will report to Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive, News International, and will become a member of the Executive team.
Rebekah Brooks said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to promote internally to fill this role. Chris has a solid understanding of newspaper operations and has played a key role in implementing some major projects throughout manufacturing and distribution. I look forward to him becoming a member of the Executive team.”
Longcroft joined News International in February 2009 as Finance Director, Operations. In this position he worked across the business on a number of strategic projects. Before News International, he worked for BAT from 1997-2009 in various finance roles. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers and Lybrand in 1997.
News International Limited publishes The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and News of the World. In terms of growth, share, circulation and reader engagement, the Company’s titles are among the world’s most successful. Newsprinters prints the national titles and operates as a contract printing subsidiary for the three state of the art printing plants. Further brands which are part of the group include the Times Literary Supplement and milkround.co.uk. The News International group has an investment in fashion website BrandAlley.co.uk.
In 2007, News International Ltd became the UK’s first carbon neutral newspaper publisher. This was achieved by increasing energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy and combined heat and power and purchasing high quality offsets.
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