Furness has been part of the Guardian since 1998, working in a number of vital roles, including as marketing director, director of publishing and most recently as managing director, customer engagement and business development, says the publisher.
According to the Guardian, in his new role Furness will shape and execute the Guardian strategy as well as lead on developing and maintaining strategic relationships and partnerships. He will continue to lead on maximising revenue growth from across the Guardian's expanding multimedia portfolio.
Anna Bateson, chief executive of Guardian Media Group said: “Richard is a tenacious problem solver with a vast level of strategic and operational leadership experience. The Guardian has made huge strides to become more digital, more international, more reader funded in recent years. His experience will be invaluable as we continue to extend the reach of our journalism and opportunities to drive revenue growth.”
Richard Furness said: “The Guardian has led the way with an innovative and successful commercial model and has an exciting strategy for growth. I’m thrilled to step into this new role at a time when Guardian journalism is continually expanding into new, innovative formats bringing new opportunities for commercial growth.”Keep up-to-date with publishing news: sign up here for InPubWeekly, our free weekly e-newsletter.