Monday 17 June 2019

Mediahuis executive set to aid INM integration

Move: Peter Vandermeersch is set for a new senior role within Mediahuis at group level
Move: Peter Vandermeersch is set for a new senior role within Mediahuis at group level
Fachtna Kelly

Fachtna Kelly

A senior Mediahuis executive is set to take up a key role in helping integrate Independent News & Media (INM) with the Belgo-Dutch media group, once the takeover of the Irish company is approved.

Peter Vandermeersch is the outgoing editor-in-chief of the 'NRC Handelsblad' newspaper in the Netherlands. Before that he was editor-in-chief of 'De Standaard' in Belgium.

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In March, it was announced that Mr Vandermeersch (58) would step back into a day-to-day reporting role as Paris correspondent of 'NRC Handelsblad'.

However, the Belgian national is understood to have informed colleagues that plan has now changed and he will instead switch to a new senior role within Mediahuis at group level.

A Mediahuis spokeswoman said that "due to the takeover rules we cannot comment at the moment".

His wife, Francine Cunningham, is Irish and is a senior public affairs manager with Belgian law firm Bird & Bird. She was previously executive director of the European Newspaper Publishers Association.

INM is the country's largest independent media company and the publisher of the Irish Independent.

In March, INM's board unanimously backed a takeover offer from Mediahuis, which has offered to pay €145.6m for the company.

That deal is conditional on securing shareholder approval and regulatory approvals. An INM shareholder meeting to consider the offer will take place on June 26 at the Carlton Dublin Airport hotel.

Irish Independent

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