Johnson Press, the regional newspaper group owned by The Scotsman, has named Ashley Highfield as its new chief executive, the BBC reported this afternoon.
Highfield has a rather unique career biography for some named to head a newspaper company. He started his career as a computer programmer before joining Coopers & Lybrand as a management consultant. He has been with Microsoft since January 2009. (Whether this position was a reward for launching the BBC iPlayer for Windows only is unknown.)
Highfield has been a governor of the British Fill Institute since 2008.