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Former LGC editor Jake Arnold-Forster is promoted from publishing director to become EMAP Public Sector Manage- ...
Former LGC editor Jake Arnold-Forster is promoted from publishing director to become EMAP Public Sector Manage-

ment's new managing director. He succeeds Cris Derby, managing director of EMAP Healthcare & PSM, who has decided to step down after 34 years with LGC.

As editor and later managing director, Cris established LGC as the clear commercial and editorial market leader. He developed LGC's book, exhibition and conference operations, and launched LGCnet in 1992, long before the internet caught on.

Jake said: 'We are all immensely grateful to Cris for what he has done for the company, and I am very pleased he has agreed to continue to advise EMAP PSM as a consultant. Cris was a pleasure to work with, and a generous adviser. He will be a tough act to follow, but I am confident that we can build on Cris' strong foundations by making the business even more innovative and successful.'

Cris said: 'I have enjoyed working with terrific colleagues, and am proud to have led a great team of people who produced many new ideas and 10 years' of continuous profit growth. But it is now the right time to let a new team tackle the opportunities and challenges facing the company. I shall be developing a new career as a writer and consultant, and look forward to working with LGC in my new role from April.'

LGC editor Richard Vize said: 'Cris will always be remembered for establishing LGC as the dominant title in the local government market. His foresight in the way he developed both the magazine and LGCnet was the bedrock for LGC's success.'

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