Stuart Smith, the editor of Marketing Week, is stepping down to become a consultant editor to the marketing community. He will remain a Marketing Week columnist and will have a broader remit to develop the brand online and through events.
Smith will also work on external projects. He has edited Marketing Week for 20 years, and his authoritative vision has helped grow the title as a market leading publication. He launched the brand online two years ago and has also led the print title through a number of redesigns.
Following various publishing jobs between 1980 and 1982, including editor of What House, Smith joined Marketing Week in 1982 as a sub editor. Between 1982 and 1988 he then went on to be reporter, business editor, features editor and deputy editor on the magazine. He was promoted to editor in 1988.
A regular commentator on marketing communications issues to national broadcast and print media, Smith in his new role will look at exploring the potential for new product development for Centaur Media.
“It’s not so much goodbye as au revoir, since I shall be resurfacing in February as consultant editor,” says Smith. “Which means, for example, writing a regular column in the magazine and, more ambitiously, fusing the various elements of the Marketing Week brand so they work in a more co-ordinated way.
“I have tremendously enjoyed my 20 years as editor of Marketing Week, but now it is time to let someone else have a go at what must be one of the best jobs in publishing.
“Thank you for all the support you have given Marketing Week, and me as its editor, over the years.”