Archant chief executive Jeff Henry will leave the company this Friday.

The company has confirmed the CEO’s departure, with chairman Simon Bax taking up the newly created role of executive chairman at the same time.

Jeff’s departure follows last week’s announcement that Brian McCarthy, Archant’s chief operating officers, will also be leaving the company after 15 years.

Jeff said: “I have had five fantastic years as CEO and have been proud to lead a magnificent group of people at Archant through the acceleration of digital innovation.

“The company has progressed on so many fronts and I am very proud of our transformational achievements during times of great change for the publishing industry.

“It’s been an honour to be part of the Archant story. It is now time for me to move on to new ideas and opportunities.”

Henry joined Archant in 2014 when he succeeded Adrian Jeakings, who had held the role for six years. Henry had previously been CEO of Filmflex Movies, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company.

In the announcement, Bax said: “I would like to thank Jeff for all that he has done over the past five years. He has assembled a tremendous team and positioned Archant as an innovative and dynamic company, as evidenced by the unique and exclusive relationships with companies such as Hearst and Google.

“Whenever I meet our staff, I am truly engaged by their creativity and passion. Our transformational journey continues and I look forward to working even closer with our teams to build a successful future for Archant.”

Last night Hery met with staff at the company’s Thorpe print centre, in Norwich, to inform them that the plant is closing in November with work being transferred to Newsprinters at Broxbourne.