Emily Hutchings has been appointed publishing director for IPC Media's NME and Uncut magazines.
Hutchings is currently publisher for IPC Connect's Now, Nowmagazine.co.uk and Soaplife, but was previously publisher for both NME and Uncut.
In her now role she will oversee NME, NME.com, Uncut and Uncut.co.uk and replaces Paul Cheal, who is moving to become digital publishing director across IPC Media.
Hutchings joined IPC in June 2002 as a marketing assistant within IPC Ignite, becoming marketing executive for NME and Uncut a year later.
She was then promoted to associate publisher of Uncut and Loaded, before stepping up to publisher of NME and NME.com in September 2006.
Two years later she moved to Connect to become acting publisher of Look and Now, and was appointed publisher of Now and Nowmagazine.co.uk in January 2009.
In May this year she took on additional publishing responsibility for Soaplife.
IPC Inspire managing director Paul Williams said: 'With its multi-platform proposition, NME is at the forefront of many of IPC's print and digital innovations, while imminent developments are also in the pipeline for both Uncut and Uncut.co.uk.
'With her impressive track record in the competitive woman's weekly sector allied to the in-depth knowledge she already has of both music brands, I can't think of a better person to drive their development."
Hutchings added: 'Both NME and Uncut are very close to my heart and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with both teams again.
'Paul has done a fantastic job in pushing the brands forward and I can't wait to take up the challenge of furthering this momentum and success."
IPC said her starting date will be announced in due course.
The latest circulation ABC circulation figures show that sales NME fell 14.3 per cent to 29,020 in the first half of 2011.