Armbrust gets Active

Dylan Armbrust has been appointed editor of VNU’s ComputerActive – four years after he was poached by Future to launch a direct rival, writes Ruth Addicott.

Armbrust has replaced ComputerActive’s former editor James Harding, who has become editor-in-chief of the company’s online network VNU.net.

Armbrust was previously editor of Personal Computer World, but worked on the launch of ComputerActive as deputy editor in 1998. He was lured to Future to launch a similar title, but it was pulled at the last minute due to market difficulties.

He later moved to Dennis to become editor-in-chief on PC Gear.

Armbrust said he was considering introducing new elements as part of a relaunch for ComputerActive.

“I am definitely looking at refreshing it. It’s six years old and I’m looking at bringing it into the 21st century because the design has not changed that much,” he said.

Harding, who has edited ComputerActive for three years, added: “Part of my job is to look at what we need to do with VNU.net and then do it. VNU has got a lot of investment this year in cross-media stuff, we are doing some clever, innovative things.”

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