O'Reilly appointed press group MD

GAVIN O'REILLY has been appointed managing director of Independent Newspapers (Ireland), the biggest and most profitable part of the international newspaper group.

Mr O'Reilly, 32, is the son of Dr Tony O'Reilly, the group chairman. He succeeds David Palmer, who steps up to become chairman of Independent Newspapers (Ireland). Mr Palmer has also been appointed project director for the new printing facilities which Independent Newspapers will be building on the outskirts of Dublin.

Mr O'Reilly (junior) will be joining the group executive committee along with Ivan Fallon, chief executive of the group's South African interests, and Cameron O'Reilly, chief executive of operations in Australia.