Friday, August 31 17:00:58
The Belfast Telegraph has appointed Richard McClean as managing director of Independent News and Media (NI). Mr McClean has been with the Belfast Telegraph for ten years and was appointed deputy chief executive in 2010. He succeeds Michael Brophy who is stepping down after 42 years service with Independent News & Media ["INM"]. Mr Brophy served as reporter, features editor and night editor at the Irish Independent, editor of the Evening Herald, editor of the Irish Star, managing director of the Sunday World and laterally as chief executive of Independent News and Media (NI) in Belfast. He now plans to set up a media consultancy company. A native of Belfast Mr McClean (46) is a graduate of De Monfort University, Leicester and Bristol Business School. He joined the company as marketing director in 2002 from Dublin based sales and marketing business Allegro having started his career with soft drink manufacturer Cantrell and Cochrane in Belfast. Commenting Joe Webb, chief executive, INM (Ireland) said, "Michael Brophy has made an enormous contribution to our group over the past 42 years and he will be missed by all at INM. His forensic knowledge of the news and media business was enormously beneficial to the group companies in which he served. We thank him most sincerely and we wish him well in his new endeavours.