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Today’s completion of a long-awaited takeover of Northern & Shell’s publishing assets by Trinity Mirror has sparked a flurry of departures at The Express as a host of senior editors take the opportunity to depart.

Chief among them is Hugh Whittlow who has taken the decision to retire as editor of the Daily Express rather than continue under the new leadership while his counterpart at the Daily Star, editor-in-chief Dan Neesom, departs to pursue a career in freelance writing and broadcast.

These vacancies have allowed Trinity Mirror to bring in Gary Jones, formerly editor of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, to serve as editor-in-chief of the Express. Over at the Daily Star meanwhile Jon Clark, a former associate director at the Daily Mirror, has likewise been promoted to editor-in-chief.

Amidst the changes there will also be continuity with Michael Booker remaining in his role as deputy editor of the Daily Express with Martin Townsend continuing as Sunday Express editor. Rounding out this barrage of appointments is Caroline Waterston, deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, who has now been made deputy editor-in-chief across the full suite of Express and Star titles.

Mindful of the need for continuity and a smooth transition Trinity Mirror has put in place an interim management team comprising Mark Hollinshead, Neil Benson, Andrew Round and Paul Wilks.