Johnston Press recruits US exec with paywalls experience as digital chief

Johnston Press has today announced the appointment of US executive Jeff Moriarty as chief digital and product officer.

Jeff Moriartyas chief digital and product officer today.

Moriarty, who is currently vice president of digital products for The Boston Globe, replaces Henry Faure Walker who has been appointed Newsquest’s chief executive.

Moriarty joins Johnston Press in April with the responsibility for developing the company’s digital strategy

He has previously worked for the New York Times Company, where he helped grow its regional digital businesses across 14 newspaper markets in the US.

He also designed and developed the BostonGlobe.com, which Johnston Press notes is considered one of the most successful US regional subscription based sites.

Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield said: “Jeff is an outstanding candidate and the knowledge, experience, insight and innovation that he will bring to Johnston Press will help us forge ahead with our ambitious growth plans.

“Our digital revenues have grown by 60 percent and in many parts of the UK they now account for 20 percent of our overall advertising revenues . Jeff’s exceptional track record will ensure our growth continues and I very much look forward to welcoming him aboard.”

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