NME publisher to be Guardian MD

Tim Brooks, the managing director of IPC ignite!, is leaving to join Guardian Newspapers as managing director.

Brooks joined IPC Media in 2000 to run the SouthBank portfolio and was
appointed to his current role overseeing the men's lifestyle and music
division which includes Nuts, Loaded and NME, in November 2002.

Brooks, who was the launch editor of Media Week, succeeds Carolyn McCall, who became overall chief executive of Guardian Media Group on 1 August.

Brooks said: “GNL produces two world-class newspapers and a
world-beating website. Recent successes – notably the Berliner
transformations – have demonstrated a boldness of vision, and a readiness
to embrace change, which are two of the reasons I was attracted to this
job. The opportunity to lead GNL through a period of profound change in the
media industry is one I relish immensely.”

Guardian Newspapers Ltd (GNL) publishes the Guardian and Observer
newspapers, and the Guardian Unlimited websites.
He also
heads Time Inc SOPAC, Time Inc's Australian division.

On leaving IPC, Brooks
said: "IPC is not only the biggest but also the best magazine publisher
in the UK, and I shall miss the people here a great deal. However, the
opportunity at Guardian Newspapers is too good to refuse."

Brooks will leave his role at IPC on 15 September.

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