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Reach’s North West sales chief to step down


Tom Harte has stepped down as North West Sales Director for regional publisher Reach PLC after less than a year in the role.

Harte, previously commercial director for the Manchester Evening News and Huddersfield Examiner and group digital director at CN Media/Newsquest Cumbria, last year took on responsibility for the whole of Manchester and Huddersfield, Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire.

But he is now moving on to “pursue other goals”.

He said: “I think it’s been outstanding what the regional commercial teams have achieved in 2020, including changing the whole approach and structure whilst also driving momentum forward.

“For me personally, I feel the North North West is now at a place that someone else needs to take the lead to help this fantastic region and its brilliant people to the next level to optimise the opportunities.

“To that end, I have chosen to stand down to pursue other goals.”

Reach, which recently announced record growth across its digital operations, has begun the search for Harte’s successor.

Sarah Pullen, Commercial Director for Reach Regionals, added: “I want to personally thank Tom for his contribution to the business and for his support to me and the wider management team. I wish him all the very best in the future.”

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