Owen joins team at IBI, while Nick Hopkinson takes on chairman role

Former Time Inc UK divisional managing director Simon Owen has been appointed publishing director of Boating Communications Ltd, the publisher of IBI magazine, the IBInews.com website and the IBI Daily Newsletter. The company is also the co-owner, with RAI Amsterdam, of the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement and the official magazine of METSTRADE. Owen, who will take up his post in April, has had a 35-year career in magazine and national press publishing in both print and digital formats across a wide range of sectors including marine, sport, country pursuits and motoring. Simon will report to Nick Hopkinson, who after 50 years’ continuous involvement with IBI will become executive chairman of the company prior to retiring in 2020.

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Simon Owen, who takes up his post in April, has had a 35-year career in magazine and national press publishing in both print and digital formats

“Having been involved with Nick and the IBI team for over 20 years while IBI was owned by IPC Media and Time Inc, I’m excited to be working with them again on this iconic industry brand - especially as we look to develop new B2B publishing and market intelligence opportunities. Nick’s 50 years at the helm have put IBI at the very heart of the international marine leisure industry and I’m very much looking forward to working with him and fellow directors Ed Slack, Philippa Drysdale and Philip Pereira to build still further on this terrific legacy.”