James Wildman has been named chief executive and president of Hearst Magazines UK with a remit to expand the business through acquisitions.
The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines President David Carey. Wildman will report to Carey and replaces Anna Jones, who departs in February, having co-founded AllBright, a new funding platform for female entrepreneurs. Wildman begins in his new role on April 3.
Currently chief revenue officer at Trinity Mirror plc, Wildman has been responsible for the group’s national advertising revenue and commercial operations, transforming the company’s industry reputation and driving a turnaround performance built around digital acceleration and creativity. Previously, he was managing director and VP of sales at Yahoo UK, where he was credited with leading a successful reversal of long-term revenue decline. Prior to that, he ran ids, Virgin Media’s former television ad sales business, which won much recognition for innovation during his long tenure.