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Independent News & Media appoints four directors

Staff Writer | Dublin, Ireland | January 22, 2018
Independent News & MediaIndependent News & Media announced the proposed appointment of four new non-executive directors, John Bateson, Fionnuala Duggan, Murdoch MacLennan and Seamus Taaffe, to its board.
John Bateson is Managing Director of International Investment and Underwriting (IIU) and represents IIU on the boards of various companies, both private and publicly quoted.

Since joining IIU in 1995, Mr. Bateson has been closely involved in the creation of its current portfolio of investments.

Prior to joining IIU, Mr. Bateson spent six years with the corporate finance arm of NCB Group.

He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and, having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Fionnuala Duggan is Managing Director of KNect365 Learning, part of the events and conferences division of London-quoted Informa plc.

A senior digital executive and leader, Ms. Duggan has enjoyed success in repositioning traditional industries for the digital age.

Prior to Informa, she held senior executive roles at CourseSmart, Random House Group, EMI Music plc and Macmillan Publishers.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and INSEAD, Ms. Duggan is currently a Governor and Member of the Finance and Resources Committee of London Metropolitan University and a Trustee of Yale University Press (London).

Murdoch MacLennan is Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group and was previously its CEO for 13 years.

Before joining the Telegraph, he was Group Managing Director of Associated Newspapers and prior to that Managing Director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Mr. MacLennan is currently Chairman of the Press Association Group.

Between 1997 and 2003 Mr. MacLennan was President of IFRA, the global association for newspapers, and is now a member of the Board of the International News Media Association (INMA).

Since 2016, he has been a member of the Council of Google's Digital News Initiative (DNI).

Seamus Taaffe is an experienced non-executive director and financial and management consultant.

He was a Senior Audit Partner with KPMG until his retirement in 2009, as well as being a member of the Board of KPMG Ireland and Chairman of its Consumer and Industrial Markets Group.

Since 2012 Mr. Taaffe has been a non-executive director of Total Produce plc and a member of its Audit Committee.