Nina Wright, formally chief commercial officer at UBM EMEA, has joined New Scientist as chief executive.
Previously Wright was a divisional managing director at UBM and latterly led an EMEA-wide change programme focused on sales, marketing and data transformation.
Sir Bernard Gray, executive chairman of New Scientist, said: “We are thrilled to have attracted someone of Nina’s quality to run New Scientist. Her wealth of experience in subscription titles, events and other growth businesses makes her an ideal person to lead the business. Nina is a great catch for New Scientist.”
Wright added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining New Scientist. It is an iconic, globally recognised media brand with a reputation for first class, thought-leading journalism that is second to none.
“It’s a genuinely exciting time for the business. Science and technology have never been more at the forefront of debate, and in celebration last week the multi-award winning New Scientist Live at ExCeL opened its doors to over 35,000 visitors. It was an incredible four-day festival, combining immersive experiences with challenging and often mind-blowing talks from the world’s leading science and technology experts.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial company, leading a talented and driven team in support of New Scientist’s ambitions for growth and expansion, both here in the UK and internationally. I am very much looking forward to working with Bernard and the team, building the business and achieving our full potential.”