NEWS International chief operating officer Clive Milner has been placed on gardening leave after a shake-up led by chief executive Rebekah Brooks.
He will formally leave the firm early next year after more than 30 years. City A.M. understands his role became superfluous to requirements when Brooks reshuffled her executive team after her arrival last year.
News International says his role will not be replaced but his responsibilities will be taken on by commercial chief Katie Vanneck, general manager Will Lewis, chief information officer Paul Cheesbrough and Chris Longcroft, all of whom have taken on the roles since the arrival of Brooks.
Milner, 57, was responsible for production, printing, distribution and consumer-facing sales. He played a key role in the development of News International’s print plants at Broxbourne, Knowsley and Eurocentral.