In a media career spanning almost 20 years, Yardley has worked as a senior executive across print, digital and commercial, both in the UK and internationally. He starts on 15th June.
Yardley joins the Evening Standard from Forbes where he was most recently SVP Managing Director of Europe. Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer at London newspaper, City A.M. Yardley has accumulated nearly 14 years with the Forbes brand, where, as Managing Director of Europe, he oversaw the launch of ForbesLife.com, a global digital extension of the Forbes Life luxury lifestyle brand. He has managed and grown teams in Europe, U.S., and APAC for Forbes, establishing an international presence for the brand. Prior to those roles Yardley was Senior Sales Manager at the Financial Times.
On his appointment, Charles Yardley, CEO of the Evening Standard, said, "There has never been a more powerful and important time for the media to accurately depict the world’s affairs. Through times of crisis and uncertainty, the Evening Standard remains resilient and a central role for Londoners, and the UK, through its trusted and well-respected journalism. I look forward to working with the innovative and progressive team at the Evening Standard to reinforce the brand within culture and celebrate the importance of reliable journalism."
Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard, said, “We are delighted to have Charles join the Evening Standard at a crucial time for the business, and our capital city. His leadership, insight, and experience, across both print and digital media, will ensure that we continue to navigate these challenging times confidently and successfully. London is the greatest city on earth and the Evening Standard has an important role to play in the lives of those who live in it and visit– we’re excited for what’s to come under Charles’ leadership.”