Trinity Mirror top man quits for family life

The former News International marketing boss brought in to help turn
around the fortunes of Trinity Mirror’s national titles has handed in
his notice.

Ellis Watson, 38, has been general manager of the
national newspapers division for two years. He was previously chief
executive of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? producer Celador and before
that was in charge of marketing for The Sun and the News of the World.

According to Trinity Mirror he leaves the company on a high having increased turnover, profit and margin.

But he has failed to stop plunging sales at the Daily Mirror, which last month dropped by 10 per cent to 1.72m.

Watson
is understood to be leaving Trinity Mirror to spend more time with his
young Scotland-based family. He is to take up a new job north of the
border as MD of Menzies Distribution.

Watson said: “I’ve loved
every thrilling moment in this wonderful business working alongside
many of the most talented people in newspapers.

“But I also love
my family and wish to see them grow and develop so I’m returning to my
other passions in life and they are all in Scotland.”

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