Manchester Evening News publisher GMG Regional Media has promoted chief financial officer David Sharrock to the new role of chief operating officer.
He will be working under chief executive Mark Dodson.
The move comes as part of a management shake-up ahead of the departure in January of MEN Media's managing director Mark Rix who is becoming CEO of Catchpole Communications.
Digital and broadcast director of GMG Regional Media Ruth Spratt is being promoted to managing director of MEN Media.
Alex Davies has been made chief information officer for GMG Regional Media, managing the further development of the company's digital platforms.
In another move, Paul O'Halloran has been made managing director S & B Media, which operates the company's southern portfolio in Surrey and Berkshire.