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The Telegraph appoints new managing editor

Founding director of innovative digital platform The Pool UK and former MD of Future PLC, Jo Morrell joins The Telegraph as managing editor.

Morrell will join Chris Evans, the editor of The Telegraph, in the leadership team. In this new role she will be responsible for furthering editorial vision, strategy and planning. In addition, she will help support the business by initiating and driving change and innovation, growing The Telegraph's appeal across print and digital, as well as increasing engagement with existing readers and attracting new customers.

Having spent 20 years in leadership roles in media, Morrell has experience with product launches, development of content and commercial propositions, audience-focused innovation and fundraising on the tech scene. In 2014, she became a founding director of Sam Baker's disruptive and award-winning media start-up The Pool UK, where she is currently chief commercial officer.

Prior to the launch of The Pool, Morrell was managing director of Future plc. Before this, she spent four years as managing director of Bauer Media, with a diverse portfolio of brands including Grazia, FHM, Q and Mother & Baby. She has also held directorships at BBC Worldwide and Haymarket Media Group. Morrell will take up the role mid-December.

Ian Marsden, who becomes head of editorial operations and Jenny Hatton, assistant managing editor, will report to Morrell.

Evans said: "Jo has a deep understanding and passion for the media industry and has demonstrated strategic and creative expertise throughout her impressive career. She brings a wealth of ideas and experience and will be a fantastic asset to The Telegraph."

Morrell added: "I'm really looking forward to joining the talented team at The Telegraph at a time of fast moving transformation which is all focused around the delivery of quality journalism. I'm excited to be a part of it."

Source: The Telegraph

by Lydia O'Neill 30/11/17

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