Gillian had been Deputy Managing Editor of the region, which includes such titles as the Helensburgh Advertiser, Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, Clydebank Post, Barrhead News and The Gazette. She replaces Paul Fisher, who has joined Reach to edit its new Aberdeen Live site.
Gillian said: "It is an honour to take charge of these titles which have a strong standing in the local communities they serve.
"I believe we have a great future ahead of us with talented teams and a portfolio of successful titles continuously reaching a greater audience."
Gillian started her career as a reporter in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked for regional daily the Herald Sun. When she returned to Scotland, she began working as a reporter on the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, before later focusing on the Clydebank Post, Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter and Helensburgh Advertiser.
Graham Morrison, Managing Director of Newsquest Scotland, said: “I am delighted to announce that Gillian Murphy will be taking over as Managing Editor of our Ayrshire and Clyde titles.
“With her undoubted skills, experience, knowledge, and strong leadership qualities, I’m confident she will be able to lead the team there to deliver positive circulation performance and increased digital audiences for some of the key news brands in our Clyde and Forth business.”
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