Johnston Press appoints new chief digital and product officer


Johnston Press has today announced the appointment of Jeff Moriarty as chief digital and product officer.

Mr Moriarty is currently vice president, digital products for The Boston Globe and general manager for in the United States and has been instrumental in driving significant success across the portfolio.

He will join Johnston Press in April with responsibility for the vision and development of the company’s digital strategy while building on recent successes, which have seen JP’s digital audiences grow by 45 per cent year on year and reach 13.7m unique users last month.

Mr Moriarty has spent much of his career at The New York Times company and has held a number of vice president and general manager roles in classified products, product and technology, new media, and product management. He designed and developed what is considered to be among the most successful regional subscription-based sites in the US – the award-winning, known for its pioneering use of responsive web design to embrace the shift to mobile devices.

Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield said: “Jeff is an outstanding candidate and the knowledge, experience, insight and innovation that he will bring to Johnston Press will help us forge ahead with our ambitious growth plans.

“Our digital revenues have grown by 60 per cent and in many parts of the UK they now account for 20 per cent of our overall advertising revenues (as recently as 2010 they made up only five per cent).

“Jeff’s exceptional track record will ensure our growth continues and I very much look forward to welcoming him aboard.”

Mr Moriarty has had a broad career across regional newspapers and digital media.

Beginning as a founding editor of a weekly newspaper and later a metro news editor, he launched the earliest regional websites in the Times, later building niche products on California wines, and later, for the sport’s top magazine.

At The New York Times he built an industry-leading Manhattan real estate site and verticals in autos and jobs.

Returning to the Times’ regional group, he helped grow the digital businesses across 14 newspaper markets across the US.

In 2009 he joined and brought that site new mobile, video and advertising offerings before joining The Boston Globe in 2010.

He replaces former Johnston Press digital and business development director Henry Faure Walker, who has been appointed Newsquest’s chief executive officer.