Independent News & Media (INM) has announced three senior editorial appointments. The appointments will help further strengthen the group's repositioning as a platform-neutral media organisation. They will report to INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae.
"We are delighted to be able to appoint three journalists of the highest calibre to these very important positions in the group. The new editorial managers will drive our online content and journalism and build on our trusted brands," said Stephen.
"New technologies, digital and mobile, are fundamentally changing the way people get their news and information. We are implementing a seven-day, digital-first newsroom. These appointments are testimony of our strategy to grow even further what is already the strongest online news brand on the island," he added.
Tom Molloy has been appointed Group Business Editor, overseeing content across our online and print platforms. Tom will manage the growth of INM's business offering and put in place strategies to develop business news and analysis in the digital age.
An award-winning and vastly experienced financial journalist, he has been acting business editor at the Irish Independent since March where he has recruited new columnists and redesigned the format of the financial pages. A former Bloomberg bureau chief in Dublin, he has also worked for Germany's Handelsblatt in London.
He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the dpa news wire in Washington, London, Frankfurt and Hamburg.
The Dubliner studied history at Trinity College and international relations at Cambridge University.
Fionnan Sheahan has been appointed as Group Political Editor, managing the team of political journalists across our titles and online.
He has served as Political Editor of the Irish Independent for the past six years and previously worked as Political Correspondent with the newspaper. An award-winning journalist with a reputation for breaking agenda-setting political and economic stories, he is a respected commentator and regular contributor to a variety of TV and radio news and current affairs programmes.
He was a winner of the National Newspapers of Ireland Journalist of the Year 2012 as the leader of the Irish Independent Presidential Election Team.
He was also nominated for Scoop of the Year 2012, as a result of the Sean Gallagher link to a Fianna Fail fundraiser, a keynote story of the presidential election campaign.
Originally from Thurles, Co Tipperary, he is a graduate of University College Cork.
Shane Doran is the new Editor of The Herald, the bestselling mid-market daily on the island. Shane replaces Claire Grady who is now Editor of the Irish Independent print edition.
Shane is currently Executive Editor (Group) overseeing news content in the Sunday Independent. He took up that position after returning from South Africa in June, where he spent two years as editor of the Daily Voice newspaper, successfully rebranding the title and driving sales.
Before his stint in South Africa, Shane spent six years at the Irish Independent where he served as News Editor and Executive News Editor, managing a dynamic group of award-winning reporters and colour writers.
He has also held senior editorial positions at The Herald, where he worked in 2005, and, prior to that, at the Irish Daily Star.