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Future appoints new President for US business

Future plc, the international special-interest media group, has announced the appointment of John Marcom Jr as President of its North American business, Future US.

John Marcom (pictured) joins Future from AdGent 007, the San Francisco-based digital ad services company, where he was Chief Operating Officer. He brings extensive media industry experience, both commercial and editorial, from previous roles at Yahoo!, the Financial Times, Time Inc. magazines and The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to joining AdGent, Marcom spent four years at Yahoo! where he was Senior Vice President for International Operations, overseeing the company’s businesses outside the US.

Marcom is expected to join Future US in October and will be based at the company’s headquarters in South San Francisco, CA.

Stevie Spring, Future plc Chief Executive, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that John is joining Future to head up our US business. He brings a unique blend of international, commercial and creative expertise and combines really strong print and digital experience.”

John Marcom Jr said: “The North American media market is at a watershed in its development, facing seismic shifts between digital and print channels. Future is at the forefront of trialling new products for a new era and I’m really looking forward to joining and taking on the challenge of helping to map this new landscape.”

Marcom started his career as a journalist with The Wall Street Journal in Asia. He spent 12 years in different editorial roles in London, New York and Tokyo before joining Time Warner Inc. as Development Director in 1993. He held a number of publishing and commercial roles, progressing to President for Time Inc. International.

He graduated in Economics from Princeton University and has an MBA from INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration).

About Future

Future says: “Future plc is an international special-interest media group that is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR). Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events for people who are passionate about their interests. We hold strong market positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, automotive and crafts. Our biggest-selling magazines include T3, Total Film, Digital Camera, Fast Car, Classic Rock, Guitar World, Official Xbox Magazine, Official Playstation Magazine, Nintendo Power, Maximum PC and MacLife. Our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, techradar.com, and musicradar.com. Future sells nearly 4 million magazines each month; we attract more than 25 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 25 annual live events that attract hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. In addition, Future exports, syndicates or licenses its publications to 90 countries internationally, making us the UK's number one exporter and licensor of monthly magazines.”