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
Penny was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in August 2015, having joined the business as interim Chief Financial Officer in June 2015. Before joining Future, Penny was Commercial Director at AutoTrader Group plc. Penny is also a chartered accountant with a background in digital media and expertise in digital monetisation models.
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.
Managing Director of eCommerce
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 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.
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, B2B
Chris Convey joined the ELT in July 2019 as our new SVP of B2B Content. In this role, Chris leads the strategy and vision for our B2B verticals across teams in the UK and US. Prior to this, Chris had been at Future for three years, where he held multiple roles including Strategy & M&A Director and Brand Director for Hobbies. Before moving to Future in 2016, Chris has worked across the TMT market in a number of executive roles including as CFO of Uniserve Communications and Urban Communications and COO of mobile financial services start-up Mobetize. Chris started his career at Cable & Wireless.
Managing Director, Intent Marketing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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