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Tracy De Groose leaves as Newsworks chair while Jo Allan becomes MD

Campaign 30 Jul 2020 09:13

Tracy De Groose is to step down as executive chair of Newsworks in September after nearly two years in the role.

Jo Allan, interim managing director of the organisation since last year, will become managing director on a permanent basis and take on De Groose’s responsibilities.

It is the third time that there has been a change of leader at the top of the marketing trade body for UK news brands in the past four years – a tumultuous time for publishers that has worsened because of the coronavirus slump. National newspaper ad revenues fell 46% in the second quarter, according to the latest Warc/Advertising Association expenditure report.

De Groose, a former chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network UK and Ireland, who also worked at independent agency Naked Communications and in marketing positions for Stella Artois, said she wanted to focus on a portfolio of roles.

She set up her own business, Brilliant Misfits, at the start of July, “with a focus on businesses trying to do good in the world”.

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