GSMG managing director Mark Price takes early retirement
THE managing director of Grimsby and Scunthorpe Media Group (GSMG) and Lincolnshire Media, Mark Price, pictured, has taken early retirement to pursue personal ambitions and spend more time with his family.
During his 26 years with Northcliffe Media, acquired in January by Local World, Mark has seen many changes within the industry and, more latterly, was heavily involved in the transformation of the two businesses into dynamic multimedia companies.
GSMG publishes the Grimsby and Scunthorpe Telegraphs, the Advertiser series and www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk and www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk with Lincolnshire Media publishing the Lincolnshire Echo, www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk, The Retford Times, and the Target series. Both companies also publish the Lincolnshire Journal.
Mark said: "I have been privileged to work with some fantastic people along the way. I thank each and every one of them for their support, comradeship and loyalty – I will never forget them.
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"Aside from our employees, our readers and advertisers are our most important assets. Without them we would not command the voice of our communities and support them in the way in which only a truly local media company can.
"I am proud to have been a part of this great industry and wish Local World and all of our staff, customers and readers the very best for the future."
Mike Pennington, publisher for Mail News Media, which includes the Hull Daily Mail, will take over the task of managing Grimsby Scunthorpe Media Group alongside his existing role, while Richard Duxbury will take overall charge at Lincolnshire Media, where he was a publisher under Mark Price.
Mr Pennington said:"I am delighted at the opportunity that has been given to me. I am very passionate about the region and to add Grimsby and Scunthorpe to the portfolio is very exciting and will add even greater value to the region's proposition for both our customers and readers in print and online. Local world is a very exciting 'new world' and I think with the talented staff we have both on the north and south banks we can also be the 'new media world' within the Humber region."
Local World chief executive Steve Auckland said: "Mark has made a significant difference to the business and his creativity and flair will be missed. "