Claire Blunt named as new Chief Operating Officer at Future


Future plc, the global platform for specialist media, has today announced the appointment of Claire Blunt as Chief Operating Officer.

Blunt is currently Chief Advertising Officer and CEO of International for the Guardian Media Group. 

Claire Blunt

Prior to joining the Guardian Media Group, Blunt was Chief Financial, Operations & Data Officer for Hearst Europe, having joined Hearst as CFO of the UK operations in 2015. 

She also held a number of senior roles in retail and consumer businesses earlier in her career.

Blunt will join Future on 7 November 2022.

Zillah Byng-Thorne, CEO of Future, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Claire Blunt to Future as Chief Operating Officer. 

“Claire holds extensive experience in senior roles at both The Guardian and Hearst, as well as in the retail sector, meaning she is a great fit for our business and will contribute a wealth of vital knowledge to support our continued success and global expansion.”

Commenting on her appointment, Blunt said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Future plc, a business I have long admired and respected. 

“I am very much looking forward to working with such a talented team and to take on the exciting and key role of COO. 

“I can’t wait to get started on helping to execute Future’s strategy and to be a part of the future of Future!”