Former Metro editor Kenny Campbell (pictured, centre) has moved into PR after 15 years at the free newspaper.
Campbell has edited the Metro, which has risen to become the UK’s third most read daily newspaper, since 2001 after being deputy editor for its 1999 launch.
He announced his departure last month, with New York Daily News online editor Ted Young unveiled as his successor. Young is also a former editor of Metro’s sister website, the Mail Online.
Campbell, who has now joined Campbell Brown PR, said at the time: “It has been my privilege to be part of the team that took Metro from its creation and turned it into the world's most successful free newspaper.
“I have seen its readership soar to 3.7million as it became an essential part of commuters' lives.
“I have led a fantastic and talented group of people at the paper and, after 15 remarkable years, it is time to move on.
"I wish every success to them, and to those at DMG Media who had the foresight and courage to launch Metro."
On joining Campbell Brown, he said: “There are few places to work with the buzz of Metro but I've found one in Campbell Brown.
"These guys are going places and I love the way they work – they are immensely professional but, critically, they also know when to throw the rule book away.”
Before his 15 years at the Metro, Campbell held senior positions at the Daily Mail and Daily Express. He also previously worked at the Aberdeen Press and Journal and the Edinburgh Evening News.
Camilla Brown, who co-founded the agency with Helen Campbell, said: "It was an absolute no brainer to bring Kenny on board, it's going to be brilliant having him as an integral part of Campbell Brown's growth. We're already concocting weird and wonderful ideas together; it's going to be one hell of a ride. Metro's loss is definitely our gain."
Campbell Brown was founded in January and so far has clients including the Knowledge to Action Foundation, BestVPN.com and Fcancer.
Metro has editions in London, Sheffield, Leeds, Wales, Merseyside, London, Midlands, Scotland and the North East.
It has a daily circulation of just over 1.3m putting it in third place behind The Sun and Daily Mail in terms of print run.