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Brophy bids farewell after 42 years with Independent group

THE 'Belfast Telegraph' has named Richard McClean as managing director of Independent News and Media (NI).

Mr McClean has been with the title for 10 years and was appointed deputy chief executive in 2010.

He succeeds Michael Brophy, who worked for Independent News & Media for the past 42 years as a reporter, editor, managing director of the 'Sunday World' and most recently as chief executive of Independent News and Media (NI).

Mr Brophy is also a former features editor and night editor at the Irish Independent.

"Michael Brophy has made an enormous contribution to our group over the past 42 years and he will be missed by all at INM," said INM (Ireland) chief executive Joe Webb.

Knowledge

"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."

Mr McClean is a graduate of De Monfort University, Leicester, and Bristol Business School.

The 46-year-old 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 & Cochrane in Belfast.

"We are delighted to appoint a successor of Richard McClean's calibre to lead the drive by the 'Belfast Telegraph' to continue to build its business and market share while developing a range of opportunities to diversify into," Mr Webb added.

Irish Independent