The Independent has appointed Christian Broughton to the new role of Managing Director after almost five years as Editor, and eight as editor of independent.co.uk.
While Broughton will now focus on growing the business, deputy editor David Marley has been appointed acting editor with Katie Davies continuing in the existing role as US editor.
Broughton, who began his career at the title in 1997, will work across The Independent and will also head up a new division, Independent Ventures, delivering initiatives and businesses that combine journalism, revenue growth and industry-leading innovation.
David Marley, who has been appointed as acting editor, joined the title as head of news before being promoted to deputy editor in 2017.
Katie Davies will continue to lead the growing team in the US to address the needs of The Independent’s biggest readership, including opening a bureau in Los Angeles in time for November’s presidential election.
Marley and Davies will continue to report to Broughton in his new role.
Christian Broughton said: “The Independent is going from strength to strength. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with outstanding talents throughout my time at The Independent, both in print and while leading the editorial push that has seen our website grow from its infancy to being Britain’s biggest quality digital news brand today.
“With David and Katie leading the editorial teams in the UK, US and around the world, I know our journalism will continue to win new readers and reach new highs through many more memorable scoops and campaigns.”
Zach Leonard, CEO of Independent Digital News and Media said: “Christian Broughton has grown our international audiences with tremendous passion, technical expertise, and journalistic nous for more than eight years.
“His ability to monetise readers, contributors and subscribers so effectively positions him perfectly to assume the new role of managing director over our new and evolving products, services and language editions.”