We are Future plc, an award-winning, global multi-platform media company. We’re the name behind successful brands in specialist consumer and B2B sectors including technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, home interest, education and television. We connect with an audience reach of over 260+ million worldwide with their passions, through our expert content, world-class events and cutting-edge proprietary technology.
Shared and enduring values are at the heart of any successful organisation, and that’s why our core values underlie everything we do:
Our passion for our products and brands makes us part of the community we engage with – an incredible privilege which we treat with the utmost respect.
Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today Future boasts a portfolio of over 80 brands and so whilst we celebrate our heritage, we remain focused on the future.
Everyone at Future has a part to play and a contribution to make because together, we’re stronger.
We have a bias for action, taking the best decisions we can and following through on our decisions.
We make sure we have the right team for right now, supporting each other, challenging each other and having fun along the way.
We restlessly look to improve, be ever creative and unashamedly commercial in our ventures.
Rob was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2018, a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee. Rob is a member of the executive team of eBay, Inc and VP United Kingdom, where he leads one of eBay’s strongest markets worldwide. Previously at Tesco, Rob was most recently responsible for the supermarket’s General Merchandise business across the UK and Central Europe. He has also held the position of Partner in the global retail practice at Accenture. Rob graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Geography.
Chief Executive Officer
Zillah was appointed as Chief Executive in April 2014, having joined Future in November 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Before this, she was CFO of Trader Media Group (2009-2012) and interim CEO of Trader Media (2012-2013), and held roles as Commercial Director and CFO at Fitness First Limited and Chief Financial Officer of the Thresher Group. Zillah is a non-executive Director of Paddy Power Betfair plc and Gocompare.com Group plc. She is also a qualified accountant and corporate treasurer, and has an MSc in behavioural change and an MA in Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Rachel was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2020, having held the role as part of TI-Media since June 2018. She has a proven track record in driving, developing and delivering profits through new revenue growth, business transformation, organisational restructuring and mergers & acquisitions. Rachel was formerly managing director of Trinity Mirror’s Regional Media division, which publishes 200-plus print titles and local websites, with brands ranging from the Manchester Evening News to the Birmingham Mail. Prior to that, she was CFO/COO and executive board member of Local World Limited, a regional media publisher of 100-plus print titles and local websites.
Chief Operating Officer
Claire is Chief Operating Officer, having joined Future back in March 2016 as Strategy and Product Director. Prior to joining Future, Claire was at Fitness First for 10 years, where she was responsible for the Group’s strategy along with international business development. During this time, Claire developed a highly successful regional franchising model for Fitness First in the MENA region, alongside leading the turnaround and expansion of Fitness First India. Claire has a wealth of knowledge of running businesses internationally, both via partnerships and owner operated.
Chief Technology Officer
Kevin was appointed Chief Technology Officer in April 2016. He was previously Chief Technical Architect, leading systems and software engineering as well as all infrastructure operations across the group. During that time, Kevin’s key achievements included the delivery of the Hawk technology – Future’s proprietary eCommerce platform and the backbone of the group’s newest revenue stream. Before this, he was Web Development Director at Future UK. Kevin is originally from Mauritius, holds a BSc with honours, speaks three languages and is an ex-badminton champion.
Chief Revenue Officer
Mike joined Future as Chief Revenue Officer in September 2019. Mike comes to Future from global ad tech company Criteo, where he worked as EVP for Global Operations and Product Solutions for more than two years. During his tenure at Criteo, Mike made a significant impact through greatly expanding the company’s market share; enhancing new product development and rollout procedures; and helping deliver 130% in growth. Mike also spent a number of years at MediaMath, Tumri, Inc, and leading sales at AOL, including a three-year stint in the UK.
Chief Content Officer
Aaron joined Future in October 2016 following the acquisition of Imagine Publishing where he was an executive board member and Publishing Director. Aaron initially oversaw Future’s magazine division, leading the creation, delivery and global retail sales for all print brands across our consumer portfolio. In September 2018, Aaron was appointed Chief Content Officer, and was charged with developing content operations and efficacy across the company.
Chief Strategy Officer
Penny was appointed as Chief Strategy Officer of Future plc in April 2020 having held the role of Chief Financial Officer since joining in June 2015. Prior to this she was Commercial Director at AutoTrader Group plc. Penny is a chartered accountant with a background in digital media and expertise in digital monetisation models.
Managing Director, Australia
Neville qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG where he worked in UK and New Zealand offices before joining Future plc in May 2001 as Financial Controller. In 2008 Neville worked on the launch of Future’s Australian business, and was made Managing Director in 2010. Since then he has overseen organic growth and acquisitions in print and digital channels for Future’s business in the APAC region.
Senior Vice President - B2B
Rick Stamberger was appointed SVP of our B2B vertical in July 2020. Before that, he was CEO of SmartBrief – a business acquired by Future in 2019. He has spent much of his career at the intersection of business, public policy and the not-for-profit sector.
Before his work at SmartBrief, Rick was a founding partner of Quest Partners LLC, a management consultancy based in Boston. He also served as Executive Vice President and a director of a Washington, DC-based technology firm, owned by nine cable television companies and NBC. Rick began his career in Washington with the National Cable Television Association.
Rick served as a White House Fellow in 1984-85 in the Office of the Vice President. From 2008 to 2009, he was a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition Project, serving as an agency lead for the Executive Office of the President.
Group Marketing Director
Sophie joined Future in October 2019 as MD, Intent Marketing. Sophie has spent 25 years working in Media, both B2B and Consumer, initially as a Marketer and progressing through to Managing Director of Bauer Media’s Entertainment Portfolio. Prior to joining Future Sophie was Head of Brand, Creative and Content, for Marks & Spencer – a broad role encompassing all the visual and written elements of the brand. A launch expert, Sophie has a track record of successfully launching new brands and new capabilities within PLC and privately owned organisations.
MD - Future Passion
Andrea joined Future’s ELT as part of the TI acquisition in 2020 to head up the division covering Games & Entertainment, Photography & Design, Homes & Gardens, Sports and Music. Previously, she was TI Media’s group managing director, responsible for helping to shape and deliver the company’s strategic priorities and goals, and in particular is focused on delivering new growth platforms. Andrea started her career as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen before moving to consumer media where she has 20 years experience.
Adrian joined Future’s ELT as part of the TI acquisition in 2020 to head up print production and Marketforce, our world class newstrade sales, marketing and distribution company. He oversees all aspects of the UK and international distribution of our wide-ranging portfolio of titles, as well as those of third party publishing clients including Panini, Reed Business Information and HELLO!. Adrian has extensive experience within the print media industry, having previously worked in various roles at publisher D.C.Thomson & Co Ltd and prior to that with wholesaler, Smiths News. He has held a number of senior positions within TI Media since joining the business in 1997. Adrian represents Marketforce publishers on the PPA Newstrade Committee and is a Trustee of the industry charity, NewstrAid.
MD - Future LIving
Angie joined Future’s ELT as part of the TI acquisition in 2020 to head up the division covering Women’s Lifestyle, Country Lifestyle, Tech Lifestyle, TV & Film, Marie Claire, and bookazines. Her career started in marketing and brand development prior to joining TI Media in 2001, where she worked as a publishing director across specialist & mainstream brands and also led a company-wide editorial transformation programme. She was appointed to the TI Media Executive team in 2017, becoming Group Managing Director of the Life & Style portfolio. She, along with her MDs & global heads of editorial production & art & design, are focused on growing the reach & monetisation of our many iconic brands across the globe.
Senior Vice President, Operations & IT
Jason joined Future as Senior Vice President, Operations & IT in May 2019. Before Future, Jason spent three years as Chief Information Officer at an innovative NHS trust where he led all aspects of information technology and programme delivery. Prior to this, Jason was the Global Head of IT Delivery at Fitness First for five years, where he was responsible for software development and business intelligence. At the start of his career Jason spent 11 years as an IT consultant at PA Consulting delivering digital solutions for clients as a technical lead and solutions architect.
Senior Vice President, Future Labs
Marcus Adolfsson joined the ELT in October 2019 as the SVP of Future Labs. Previously Marcus was the co-founder and CEO of Mobile Nations, a leading online media platform that empowers consumers to make smarter purchase decisions and get the most out of their tech-enabled lives, which was acquired by Future in February 2019. Prior to launching Mobile Nations, Marcus founded Smartphone Experts in 2004 at the dawn of the smartphone revolution. Smartphone Experts was a leading online retailer and manufacturer of smartphone accessories, ranking on the 2007 Inc. 500 list as the fastest growing retailer and placing 37th overall. Marcus graduated from Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida in 2002.
Meredith joined the Board on 6 February 2020 as an independent non-executive Director. Meredith is currently Chief Executive Officer of Rhetorik, a leading data supplier to technology vendors. She was previously President and CEO of Wanted Technologies, a Canadian listed recruitment data analytics provider, and has held executive roles with Microsoft, Deloitte and DirecTV.
Mark was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2020. Mark’s executive career has involved senior roles in technology-centric businesses, including Betfair where he was Chief Operating Officer and Trainline where he held a similar role, providing strong management and operations experience. Prior to his executive roles, Mark worked in the financial services sector, latterly as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, gaining significant equity capital raising and M&A experience. Mark is currently a Non-Executive Director of AA plc, Equiniti Group plc, William Hill plc, Seedrs Limited and Findmypast Limited. Mark graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Hugo is the Senior Independent non-executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. Hugo has led InSkin Media from a start-up to a profitable, international business. Under his leadership, the company’s expansion across Europe, APAC and MENA has been recognised by multiple high-growth awards, including the European Business Awards, Sunday Times Tech Track 100, Media Momentum Awards, and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500. Previously, Hugo held MD roles at The Telegraph Group, Advertising.com and Phorm. Hugo is also a Trustee of the British Skin Foundation, and a regular contributor to trade press and media conferences.
Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee
Alan joined Future in February 2018 as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Alan has worked as a Partner at both Ernst and Young and KPMG, served as a Chief Financial Officer for YouGov and been Managing Director for Newlawns Limited. His main focus is on the media, technology and business service sectors.
Richard joined Future in February 2018 as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the board, he is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee. With over 30 years’ experience in the media sector, Richard has held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles, including Chairman of Wireless Group plc (formerly UTV Media plc), founder of Heart FM; CEO of Chrysalis plc, Chairman of Virgin Radio, Boomerang Plus plc and Creston plc and Non-Executive Director of Virgin Mobile plc.
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