Guardian Newspapers’ director of digital publishing has stepped up to become group director of digital strategy and development at Guardian Media Group.
Simon Waldman will work closely with group finance director Nick Castro and new GMG chief executive Carolyn McCall in the group’s broader strategic development.
Carolyn McCall, chief executive of GMG, said: “Simon is widely acknowledged as being one of the most insightful digital thinkers in the media right now. He has helped turn Guardian Unlimited into a world-renowned website, and has shown extraordinary prescience in assessing the digital challenges and opportunities ahead. He is uniquely placed to contribute to the growth of GMG.”
Waldman joined GNL in 1996 to work on some of the company's earliest online experiments. He was one of the team involved in the creation of Guardian Unlimited, and was its editor when it launched in January 1999.
In December 1999 he left journalism and took on the role of head of GU, and with it responsibility for commercial, technical and strategic development of the company's internet activity.
He was appointed to the GNL Board in March 2001 as the company's first director of digital publishing. He also has board responsibility for developing GNL's public service business – both in print and online.
Before joining GNL Waldman worked as a print and radio journalist specialising in media and technology.