Frank Cullen is to retire as co-ordinating director for the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI), the public face of Ireland’s newspaper industry after almost 30 years. The NNI represents 16 national titles, 25 local/regional print titles and their respective online and mobile brands. Cullen (above left), who runs PR company Cullen Communications, said he was stepping down from the job to have more time to pursue other interests.
He said he had enjoyed his time with NNI and the many advances they had made as an industry, but he felt the time was right for a new person to take on the challenges that lie ahead. Commenting on Cullen’s decision to retire, NNI chairman Matt Dempsey said: he had been a tremendous servant to the newspaper industry and members appreciated the contribution he made to Irish newspapers over the past three decades.
The co-ordinator, who reports to the NNI management committee, is responsible for the body’s day-to-day running across a range of issues and interests. In advertising the role, the NNI lists the required criteria for anyone seeking the role, including communications, negotiating and people management skills. A knowledge of the Irish media market and a good understanding of digital developments would be another must.
Canddates have until March 7 to apply for the job. Dalriada Executive Search is handling the process.
News of Cullen’s retirement coincides with the release of the latest JNRS and ABC circulation figures.