THE new chief executive of Johnston Press, Ashley Highfield, has taken up his position this week.
Mr Highfield has taken over the reins of the company, which owns the Bury Free Press, from former chief executive John Fry.
He will be based at the company’s head office in Edinburgh.
He was previously a vice-president with Microsoft, responsible for the UK consumer and online business, including the UK’s largest content portal MSN.
Prior to that he was director of new media and technology at the BBC, where he was responsible for the launch of the BBC’s iPlayer. He was also editor-in-chief of BBC Online.