After having served three years in his role, Marc Vangeel, CEO of Mediahuis Ireland, will hand over his role to Peter Vandermeersch with effect from 1st August 2022. The change has been announced by the Belgian-headquartered Mediahuis group.

From 1st August, Marc Vangeel, who will remain as a board member of Mediahuis Ireland, will take up a strategic role with the wider group. Mediahuis group CEO Gert Ysebaert commented: “The knowledge and experience Marc has built up during his career is invaluable to Mediahuis. Marc will continue to use this expertise in the further international development of our group in the coming years. And with Peter at the helm of our Irish organisation, I am convinced that Mediahuis Ireland will continue its strong growth and enjoy a bright future”.

Peter Vandermeersch who was successively editor of the Brussels based newspaper De Standaard (1999-2010) and of the Amsterdam based daily NRC (2010-2019) is currently Publisher of Mediahuis Ireland. He has worked since 2019 in Dublin in close cooperation with Marc Vangeel as a member of the Mediahuis Ireland Executive Committee together with Ian Keogh, CEO of Reach Group who will remain in that role. Marc will continue to oversee the business during the intervening period and will work closely with Peter and Ian to manage the transition.

Marc Vangeel, who was previously CEO of Mediahuis Netherlands, said: “It’s been an absolute privilege to work alongside so many talented and driven colleagues in Ireland. I’m very pleased to combine my ongoing position on the board with some exciting group-level developments. Peter is very well acquainted with the Irish publishing business and I’m sure, with him at the helm, our Irish business will continue to thrive.”

Peter Vandermeersch: “With 18 national and local titles in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Mediahuis plays a crucial role in quality journalism on the island of Ireland. Together with over 700 colleagues we are more than ever committed to providing strong and independent journalism in print and on our successful digital platforms. I am honoured to take on the role of CEO and I would like to thank Marc for his huge contribution to the Irish group and wish him every success in his wider Mediahuis role.”

Murdoch MacLennan, chair of Mediahuis Ireland, said: “Marc has made a very positive impact over the past three years and I’m very pleased we will still be able to call on his experience on the board. Having worked closely with Peter since he joined in 2019, I have no doubt that he will transition seamlessly into the CEO role and lead the business to continued success.”