Mediahuis Ireland is the leading newspaper and online publisher on the island of Ireland, is vertically integrated with print and distribution assets, and is the largest wholesale distributor of newspapers and magazines on the island. The Company is a 100% subsidiary of Mediahuis N.V. a private European media group, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.
Mediahuis Ireland Board
Murdoch MacLennan (chairman)
Murdoch MacLennan is Chairman and Non-Executive Director and has a long history in the newspaper publishing industry. Most recently, Murdoch was Chief Executive Officer of the Telegraph Media Group, leading the organization for 13 years and then as Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director. Before joining the Telegraph, Murdoch was Group Managing Director of Associated Newspapers and, prior to that, Managing Director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail. He is currently Chairman of the Press Association Media Group and Chairman of the Scottish Professional Football League. Previously he was President of IFRA, the global association for newspapers, a member of the Board of the International News Media Association (“INMA”) and member of the Council of Google’s Digital News Initiative (“DNI”).
Thomas Leysen (born 1960) is a Belgian entrepreneur. He obtained a Master of Law degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His early career was in the shipping and commodity trading business. In 1992 he joined Umicore (then called Union Minière) and from 2000 to 2008 was CEO of the Company and subsequently Chairman of the Board. From 2008 to 2011 he was chairman of the Federation of Entreprises in Belgium (VBO-FEB) and from 2011 to 2020 was Chairman of KBC Group. He has long been committed to the promotion of sustainable development, and as such was the founding Chairman (2015-2018) of The Shift, a coalition of entreprises and non-governmental organisations in Belgium. He was also a member of the Global Advisory Board of Toyota till 2018. Since 2016, he also chairs the King Baudouin Foundation. He is Chairman of the Belgian Corporate Governance Commission and Chairman and main shareholder of Mediahuis group.
Kate is a senior, media executive with significant strategic and operational experience in brand building and consumer engagement for global companies including Sky, GroupM, Sony Pictures and the BBC, where she began her career as a journalist. Kate is currently Head of International Development for MGM Studios’ Digital Networks where she leads MGM’s global branded SVOD business outside the US with services across EMEA, Canada and Latin America. She has served at board-level for Sony Pictures Entertainment companies where she held the post of executive vice president, Western Europe Television Networks; Plato Media Ltd, the launch home of pre-school kids App, Hopster and is non-executive director of FTSE 250 company Games Workshop PLC and Elstree Film Studios.
Len has extensive national and international management, governance and directorial experience in both the public and private sectors. Len is Chairman of Northern Ireland Water, Pro Chancellor of Queens University Belfast, Chairman of the All-island Congenital Heart Disease Network Board and a director of a number of private companies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Len was Chair of Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Chair of Metropolitan Arts Centre and Vice President of Royal College of Physicians.
Marc Vangeel, is Director and CEO of Mediahuis Ireland. Marc’s career in the media sector spans more than 25 years and includes various roles within the Mediahuis group. Having qualified as a civil engineer from Ghent University in 1986, Marc subsequently completed an MBA in Lessius Hogeschool, Antwerp from 1989-1991, followed by completion of the Harvard Business School programme ‘Strategies for Media Companies’ in 2007. Marc joined Concentra in 1994, working in a number of senior executive positions including as CEO/Managing Director, before the company joined forces with Corelio in 2014 to form Mediahuis. Marc was instrumental in leading the integration of a number of new businesses into the Mediahuis group, appointed CEO of Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG) the Dutch media group which was acquired by Mediahuis in 2017 and most recently as CEO of INM, now Mediahuis Ireland, following the Mediahuis acquisition in 2019.
Paul Verwilt is a seasoned C-suite executive with 25+ years of management experience in the media and high-tech industry. Educated as a civil engineer at Ghent University from 1986-1991, Paul subsequently completed an MBA at the EDHEC Business School in Lille, France (1991-1992). Paul joined Concentra in 2005 as CIO, and was Chief Operating Officer when the company joined forces with fellow publishing group Corelio in 2014 to form Mediahuis. In addition to his COO role in the combined Mediahuis group, Paul is also the CEO of the Mediahuis Digital Marketplaces division, which has an ambitious growth strategy to become the leading brand in an increasing number of markets. Since 2019 he also spearheads Mediahuis Ventures, the CVC activity of Mediahuis, with investments in the Edtech and Mediatech industries.
As a media professional, Gert Ysebaert has spent his entire life working in the media industry, combining his passion with a professional career. After obtaining his master’s degree in Communication and completing it with an Executive MBA, Gert held various management positions, mainly within the Corelio publishing group. He was publisher of De Standaard, Belgium’s largest quality newspaper, and Het Nieuwsblad, the second largest popular newspaper in Belgium. When Corelio and Concentra joined forces in 2014 to form Mediahuis, Gert Ysebaert was appointed CEO. Over the past years he has led the Mediahuis organization on its path to further digital growth of its services and brands. Under his leadership Mediahuis has evolved into a leading international multimedia company.
Mediahuis Ireland Executive Committee
Mr. Vangeel’s career in the media sector spans more than 25 years and includes various roles within the Mediahuis group. Marc is former CEO of Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG), the Dutch media group which was acquired by Mediahuis in 2017. Within that role, he led the successful integration of TMG into the Mediahuis group as well as strengthening its operational and financial performance. Marc has been instrumental in leading the integration of a number of new businesses into the Mediahuis group, most recently as CEO of Mediahuis Ireland where he has led the hugely successful digital transformation of the business since 2019.
Richard McClean was appointed to the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) in July 2019 responsible for the development of all Business to Business commercial activities and Operations in Ireland. Previously INM’s Managing Director of Publishing for Ireland, Mr McClean has overseen the group’s commercial and editorial teams since March 2018 and before that was Managing Director of INM in Northern Ireland, responsible for the group’s Northern titles and digital products.
Peter Vandermeersch, former Editor-in-Chief and director of the Dutch news media group NRC Media, was appointed Publisher in 2019. In his role as Publisher, Mr Vandermeersch is responsible for the long-term strategy of Mediahuis Ireland’s news titles, overseeing the digital transformation of its news brands, the continued development of its print titles as well as their overall brand positioning. Mr Vandermeersch has spent almost three decades as a journalist and was editor-in-chief of the Belgian newspaper De Standaard before taking up his role with NRC in 2010.