Scott Trust seeks Phillis successor

The Scott Trust is on the hunt for a new chief executive of Guardian
Media Group following the retirement of Sir Robert Phillis, who has
been diagnosed with cancer.

GMG is owned by the Scott Trust and
comprises The Guardian and The Observer, more than 40 regional
newspapers, including the Manchester Evening News, a radio division and
the highly profitable Auto Trader magazine.

Phillis, 60, has been
GMG chief executive since 1997. Last year the company made an operating
profit of £124.5m on turnover of £751.9m.

Phillis was paid £675,000.

He said: “As my colleagues are already aware, I was diagnosed with an earlystage bone marrow cancer last summer.

Since that time I am pleased to report that my treatment has progressed well.”

He is to stand down in June before undergoing a bone marrow transplant.

Phillis
has previously been deputy director general of the BBC, chief executive
of ITN, group managing director of Carlton Communications and managing
director of Central Independent Television.

GMG chairman Paul
Myners said: “The board is hugely appreciative of everything Bob has
achieved since he joined the group. GMG is stronger now than at any
time in its history. We wish him well for the future and in the next
phase of his career.”

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