Wheatley is promoted from being the Independent’s first ever trading director, a role which he took in 2021. This followed 13 years working across The Independent and Evening Standard
Wheatley’s new position contains two broad remits leading both trading and sales. He is now responsible for driving revenue across the entire UK commercial business, reporting into Andrew Morley, chief revenue officer.
Andrew Morley says: “Oli is The Independent through and through. He is an exceptional operator, and well loved and respected throughout the industry. This promotion could not be more deserved and I can’t wait to see what he achieves.”
Wheatley adds: “2024 is going to be a remarkable year for The Independent. It’s a privilege to take hold of the commercial reins during an extraordinary time in our story, backed by a brilliantly talented team who are passionate about our unique brand, capabilities and audience.”
Meanwhile, in the US, Kylie Hamilton-Hill becomes VP, East Coast in recognition of the significant value she has added to the business since joining three years ago. Kylie will report into Blair Tapper, senior VP, US.
The US is one of The Independent’s strategic focuses in 2024, as the news title doubles down on its efforts in the world’s largest and most competitive media market. Resources are being built out across editorial, sales, content partnerships, marketing and operations to supercharge its astonishing growth trajectory. One of Hamilton-Hill’s responsibilities will be developing the New York commercial team and opportunities during this critical period.
Tapper remarks: “It gives me great pleasure to see talent such as Kylie being recognised and able to grow within our company. Her immense experience is only matched by her dynamism, and she’ll play a hugely important part in achieving our US ambitions.”
Hamilton-Hill comments: “I’m delighted to have been appointed VP, East Coast. Independent values – particularly trust and objectivity – have never been needed more, and it’s essential to back high quality, fully independent journalism in this election year and beyond. I’m looking forward to building even deeper relationships with brands and businesses, and showing what our incredible team can accomplish.”