Not to be outdone by the plethora of new cars being unveiled in 2012 and building on its continuing growth, Newspress is announcing two new models of its own.

    Auto Express long termer Ross Pinnock will be giving his right foot a well earned rest when he joins Newspress later this month, from his current role as Road Test Editor. While former SAAB, Chrysler and Jeep PR Jackie Allard will join Newspress on 16th April as an Operations Manager.

    Making room for Ross will be Chris Thorp, who is heading off to become news and content strategy manager for Nissan in Europe, probably revolving largely around announcing even more new models…

    Commenting on his move, Chris said: “Over the past three years at Newspress we have achieved so much, not least re-launching the market leading official automotive news website, growing the media audience by 20% year on year in a competitive market and laying the foundations for an expanding international business. It’s been an exciting time, and I am delighted to have been a part of it. I am pleased to be handing the baton to Ross, who brings fresh eyes and talent to the Newspress team to help it continue to evolve and grow.

    “Operating at the centre of the industry and meeting the requirements of both journalists and PR professionals has teed me up perfectly for the challenge of a strategic role within a car manufacturer. I’ll be very sorry to go, but I’m looking forward to new and exciting challenges and opportunities at Nissan.”

    Looking forward to joining Newspress as Editorial Director, Ross said: “Working with the talented and committed team at Auto Express for the last eight years has been a real privilege and I’m sad to be leaving such a respected title. However, the opportunity to join Newspress at such an exciting time in its development was a challenge I simply couldn’t resist. Over the last decade I’ve used Newspress on a daily basis and I look forward to playing a key role in its future success, while maintaining its status as an essential tool for motoring journalists the world over.”

    Commenting on her new role, Jackie Allard, said: “For me, as a PR for 15 years, there wasn’t a time when Newspress wasn’t there providing a fully effective route to my target media audience, and much more besides. So when the opportunity arose to join Newspress I jumped at it. Just as the market is continually evolving and changing, so is Newspress and we have some exciting times ahead.”

    Newspress Managing Director, Tim Barfoot, said: “Naturally, we’re sorry Chris is going. He’s made a valuable contribution and we wish him every success with his new role.

    “Ross coming on board will not only maintain our top level journalistic expertise but will also bring fresh ideas and understanding to our day to day contact with the mainstream automotive media and manufacturers. Ross will join on 23rd April.

    “Jackie brings a wealth of automotive PR experience and expertise and an inherent understanding of the needs of our clients and our audiences. We very much look forward to welcoming her and Ross to Newspress.”