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[HTML_REMOVED]Archant[HTML_REMOVED] has today announced the appointment of [HTML_REMOVED]Adrian Jeakings[HTML_REMOVED] as Chief Executive to replace [HTML_REMOVED]John Fry[HTML_REMOVED] who has resigned to join Johnston Press plc as its new Chief Executive.

Adrian (pictured above), 49, who is currently Group Finance Director at Archant, will take up his new role on November 1st. He was previously Group Finance Director of The Stationery Office, a provider of information management services to the Government and industry. Before joining The Stationery Office he held a number of senior roles at Schlumberger, Graco and Dun & Bradstreet. He is a graduate of Imperial College, London and a qualified accountant. Adrian is a governor of Norwich School and a member of the Audit Committee of the University of East Anglia.

Adrian has worked closely with John Fry, at Archant, since 2002 during a period of rapid change and investment for the business.

Also promoted is [HTML_REMOVED]Brian McCarthy[HTML_REMOVED] who will replace Adrian Jeakings as Archant’s Group Finance Director on November 1st. Brian, 45, has been Finance Director of Archant Regional, the company’s newspaper publishing division, since 2004, and was previously Finance Director of Enviros Limited, an environmental consultancy group. He trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen in Dublin and held a number of senior finance roles at Pearson Education before joining Enviros.

Commenting on the appointments, [HTML_REMOVED]Richard Jewson[HTML_REMOVED], Chairman of Archant, said: “Archant is fortunate to have extremely able management, well capable of continuing to develop the business. Adrian is ideally placed and qualified to take on the role of chief executive.

“Both Adrian and Brian have contributed a great deal to our success and it is a tribute to John Fry that he has created such a strong management team”.

Adrian Jeakings said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to further develop the business. Archant has modest borrowings, a robust digital strategy, excellent brands, and a dedicated and dynamic team. Whilst these are challenging times for consumer media businesses I believe we are well placed to make further progress when conditions improve”.

John Fry leaves Archant on 31 December 2008.

© Archant Ltd 2013