Murdoch MacLennan succeeds Bowdler as PA chairman

Murdoch MacLennan, chief executive of the Telegraph Media Group, has been appointed as the new non-executive chairman of PA Group, owners of the Press Association.

MacLennan will succeed former Johnston Press boss Tim Bowdler from tomorrow.

Bowdler, who has been on the PA Group board since 2001 and acted as chairman since January last year, is stepping down as planned.

MacLennan is the second appointment to the board of PA Group this week.

Yesterday Rebekah Brooks, former editor of The Sun turned chief executive of News International, was appointed as a director.

MacLennan has been chief executive of TMG since October 2004. Prior to this he was group managing director of Associated Newspapers and had held a number of senior positions at the Mirror Group, Express Newspapers, the Scottish Daily Record and the Sunday Mail.

He has also previously held a position on the PA Group board from 1998 to 2004.

MacLennan said: “It is a real honour to be appointed chairman of PA Group.

“It is a fascinating time to be involved in the industry and, with Clive now at the helm, it is an exciting moment in the Press Association’s history.

“I very much look forward to working with Clive and the team in my new role. I would like to thank Tim Bowdler for being such an excellent steward, and guiding PA Group through a crucial transitional period.”

PA Group is a private company with 27 shareholders, most of whom are national and regional publishers, including News International, Trinity Mirror, United Business Media and Daily Mail & General Trust.

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