IPC Media on hunt for comms boss as York leaves

Britain’s biggest magazine publisher IPC Media is on the hunt for a top PRO following the decision of director of corporate comms Julie York to step down after eight years in the role.

York has made the decision to quit in order to spend more time with her seven-year-old daughter who, she said, has a severe heart condition.

The company has kicked off the search for her replacement, who will report to IPC chief executive Sylvia Auton. The post oversees the three divisions of internal presentations, internal communications and media relations. PR for the individual magazines is handled separately by the company’s four marketing divisions.

York had only just returned from maternity leave in April. Chris Taylor, who was acting in the role in her absence then, has since been made head of media relations.

York, who said she is involved in the process for recruiting her successor, joined IPC 11 years ago from Hill & Knowlton, prior to which she worked at Paragon Communications. IPC was acquired by Time Warner in 2001.

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