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New Operations Manager appointed for Express & Star publisher

The Midland News Association, publisher of the Express & Star, has appointed Dan Saxon as operations manager.

Dan moves up to the role, where he will succeed Alan Palin, having previously held the role of ad creation manager for the MNA, which also publishes the Shropshire Star and a portfolio of weekly newspapers.

Dan said he was “thrilled” to take on the position. He said: “We already produce high quality newspapers but our commitment to improve the titles will give our readers and advertising clients the best possible products.

“Taking responsibility for the production of the UK’s largest regional newspaper Express & Star, its sister title Shropshire Star and more than a dozen successful weekly paid for and free titles will be no mean feat.

“The hard work and dedication shown by my predecessor Alan Palin has set up a strong foundation for us to continue our improvements.”

Dan said he would be drawing upon the “invaluable help” of the MNA’s “vastly experienced” production team.

He added: “Our ProImage page pairing system, Krause plate lines, FujiFilm plates, Harland Simon press management system and Goss presses all add up to a very strong package.

“Working with our newsprint suppliers and ink suppliers we are in a position to succeed in our ambitions.

“I look forward very much to continuing the MNA’s great tradition in being at the forefront of newspaper production.”

MNA Print managing director Graeme Clifford said: “I am pleased to appoint Dan to his new role as he will play a leading role in delivering our successful portfolio of newspapers to more than one million readers each week.

“Dan has been with the company for 22 years and has made a significant contribution to the MNA through a number of roles within the production and operations departments.”

Dan took up his new post on 21 September 21. He will be based at the MNA print centre at the Shropshire Star in Ketley, Telford.

Alan Palin leaves the MNA at the end of September after more than 30 years to work for Kodak in Jersey.

Graeme Clifford paid tribute to Alan for his contribution to the company. He said: “I have known Alan for many years and have appreciated his commitment during that time. We wish him every success in his new position.”