The editor of the Irish Examiner, Tim Vaughan, is to take up a new position in another company next October.
Chief executive Tom Murphy this afternoon informed the newspaper's staff that Mr Vaughan has been offered and accepted the position of Head of Content and Corporate Communications at Cork-based Newsweaver.
Mr Murphy said he was very sorry that Mr Vaughan was leaving, but wished him the very best in his new position.
"The role of Irish Examiner editor is a high-profile, exciting, but complex and demanding job, and Tim has always carried out his responsibilities with great skill, diligence and panache," said Mr Murphy.
"The two of us have always worked very well together and I am very sorry that he is leaving. However, he has been offered and accepted a new opportunity, a new challenge in a different but related industry that will call heavily on the skillsets that he demonstrated so effectively in the Irish Examiner," he said.
Mr Vaughan, who has been editor since 2001, said that after 15 years in the job it was time to take up a new challenge.
"While I am really looking forward to the prospect of this exciting and unanticipated opportunity at Newsweaver, it's going to be an emotional wrench to leave the newspaper that I love so much and which has been such a huge part of my life for so many years.
"It has been a total privilege to have had this wonderful job and to have worked with so many great colleagues who have made the Irish Examiner the highly respected newspaper that it is today, " said Mr Vaughan.
He thanked his colleagues "for being there with me on the journey, for the friendship, the support, the fun, the laughs... and the many near heart attacks along the way!".
He expressed a special word of gratitude to Tom Murphy "for his generous and unstinting support and backing in sometimes very trying and difficult circumstances over the years".
Mr Vaughan also said words could not do justice to how thankful he was to the Crosbie family for their unwavering commitment to editorial independence since he was appointed editor in 2001.
"So for that, for Ted's wise words and his always-infectious enthusiasm for what we do, I will be forever grateful."
Mr Murphy said the company would commence a recruitment process for Mr Vaughan's replacement shortly.
Newsweaver founder and CEO Andrew O’Shaughnessy, said: “I’m delighted that someone of Tim’s caliber is joining our exceptionally talented team at a time when we have very exciting ambitions for international
“He is widely respected in the media industry, and has a great track record in agenda-setting journalism at the Irish Examiner. His knowledge, experience and skillset is a perfect fit for Newsweaver as we expand our international footprint,” said Mr O’Shaughnessy.
Newsweaver works with some of the world’s largest corporations and best known companies, providing them with pioneering software solutions to complex employee communications challenges. Its clients include Rolls-Royce, LinkedIn, Experian, Vodafone, and Aon Hewitt, among several other FTSE and Fortune 1000 companies.
The company has pioneered ground-breaking technology solutions which have overcome the complex challenges facing internal communicators.