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Future appoints Creative Director to drive portfolio

Bob Abbott to deliver print and online development

21/06/07– Future, the special interest media company, has today announced the appointment of Bob Abbott as its new Creative Director.

Taking on the newly created position, Bob has worked at Future for 15 years and is promoted from his current role as Group Art Director. Since joining the company as a Designer in 1992, Abbott has launched, redesigned or had significant creative influence over the company’s most important brands, including Edge, Total Film and T3.

Aside from his design experience, Bob has also worked as an Editor, guiding creative magazine, Computer Arts to significant success in its early years. Most recently, he has played a significant role in the development of Future’s forthcoming web brands, including bikeradar.com, which launches next month.

In his new job, Bob will focus on key brands, working closely with editorial, design, publishing and digital management teams. He will work alongside Design Director, Matt Williams, who is currently undertaking a strategic review of the company’s design functions as it expands beyond magazines. Reporting to Editorial Director Jim Douglas, Bob’s mandate is to drive and deliver creative excellence across Future’s portfolio of magazines and websites.

Editorial Director for Future, Jim Douglas says:

“Bob brings a raft of knowledge, experience and commercial thinking, which will hugely benefit the creative development of our business.

“This is an extremely well-deserved promotion and Matt Williams and I look forward to working closely with Bob as we drive, grow and refresh our portfolio.”

ENDS

About Future

Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK, US and France. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the technology, games, music, automotive and sports sectors. Over 130 international editions of Future's magazines are published under licence by publishing partners in 30 other countries around the world. Future employs around 1,450 people worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

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