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Dennis Appoints Industry Veteran Jack Griffin as Chair of the Board

Monday 5th November, 2018 - Dennis Publishing (“Dennis” “Dennis Group”), the international media group, today announces the appointment of Jack Griffin as Chair of the Board with immediate effect.

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Mr. Griffin has extensive experience in the US magazine and newspaper industries, having held a number of executive positions at key publishing companies, including CEO of Tribune Publishing Company and President of Meredith Corporation’s National Media Group.

 

Dennis was recently acquired by UK private equity company Exponent, and Mr. Griffin’s appointment marks the first step in the next phase of Dennis’ development, which will see the company enhance its presence in the UK and US.

 

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Griffin said: “Dennis is a fascinating and well-run company that is bucking trends among much of the publishing industry by demonstrating financial growth. There is a huge opportunity to grow the business through launch and acquisition on both sides of the Atlantic and I look forward to working with the talented team in London and New York to build on its already strong market position.”

 

James Tye, Group CEO of Dennis, commented: “My team and I are very much looking forward to working with Jack on our plans for the business. We are also excited about working more closely with the US team and growing the business together. Jack’s skills, experience and media expertise will be invaluable in the next phase of growth for Dennis.”

 

David McGovern, Director at Exponent, commented: “We are delighted that Jack has joined at the outset of our journey with Dennis. He is a highly experienced and successful publisher, bringing a great deal of knowledge and expertise which will prove invaluable in assisting James and his team.”

About Dennis Publishing Group

Dennis Publishing Group (Dennis) comprises Dennis Publishing Ltd in the UK and The Week Inc. in the US.

 

Dennis is one of the most dynamic media organisations, operating in the UK and US markets. Its portfolio of over 30 brands, operates in four areas of excellence: Current Affairs, Technology, Automotive and Lifestyle, reaching over 50 million unique users and selling over 2.5million magazines every month. Dennis has transformed its approach from its traditional print publishing roots to a multi-platform publishing and ecommerce business spanning both the UK and US, with a group turnover of over £165m.

 

Dennis brands include The Week, Auto Express, Alphr.com, BuyACar.co.uk, Cyclist and Viz.

 

Dennis holds the title of AOP Digital Publishing Company of the Year, 2016 & 2018, and British Media Awards Media Company of the Year 2016 & 2018. For more information, go to Dennis.co.uk.

 

The Week Inc. was launched in 2001 and is based in New York. It boasts over 580,000 paid-for print subscribers and 6.7m monthly unique users to its award winning current affairs website TheWeek.com

 

About Exponent

Established in 2004, Exponent is one of the UK’s leading private equity firms, investing in companies with enterprise values between £100m and £400m. The company seeks to identify untapped potential and navigate complexity to unlock growth for its portfolio companies and investors. Its current and former investments in consumer media and publishing businesses include the Times Educational Supplement, Immediate Media and the Racing Post. A selection of Exponent’s other investments include Quorn Foods, Photobox Group, Loch Lomond Whisky, Big Bus Tours, the Ambassador Theatre Group and Trainline.

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