Former editor-at-large for The Word, Andrew Harrison, has been appointed the new editor of Bauer Media's Q Magazine
Harrison takes up the position with immediate effect following the departure of Paul Rees.
Harrison, who has previously worked for Select and Mixmag, is the former music editor of men's magazine Details in New York and was editorial director of Emap Performance from 2000-2002. He was later part of the founding team of independent music title The Word.
At Bauer he will report to publishing director Rimi Atwal, who commented: 'Andrew's proven track record in magazine craft, coupled with his instinctive understanding of Q's eclectic audience and his long-standing passion for music, makes him the ideal choice as editor at an exciting stage of product development."
Harrison said: "I'm thrilled to be taking on the editorship of the world's greatest music magazine, and I'm looking forward to building on its unrivalled heritage of quality and character.
'Q is the gold standard of music journalism, and I'll be working hard with the team to burnish that reputation in the months to come."
Bauer said that Rees has left the company 'to pursue new challenges and opportunities'after ten years as editor.
Rees joined the company in 1991 and in 1994 became news editor of Kerrang, later becoming features and deputy Editor and later editor in 2000.
He was appointed as editor of Q in 2002 and promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2008.
The most recent ABC figures for Q shows circulation was down 10.1 per cent in the first six months of 2011 to 80,418.