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Judy Gibbons joins GMG Board

Monday, October 13, 2008

Guardian Media Group plc (“GMG”) today announces the appointment of Judy Gibbons as a non-executive director.

Judy is venture partner at Accel Partners, the global venture firm which works with entrepreneurs to build world-class technology companies.

She joins the GMG Board – whose other non-executive directors are John Bartle, Brent Hoberman, Amelia Fawcett and Nick Backhouse – on December 1st.

Before joining Accel Judy set up Microsoft’s MSN business in the UK and went on to manage the business across 35 markets as corporate vice-president of MSN Global Sales & Marketing. She has over 25 years of experience in software and internet technologies and previously held senior positions at Apple Computer and Hewlett Packard, working in Silicon Valley. She was a board member of O2 prior to its sale to Telefonica.

At Accel Partners Judy is on the board of a number of portfolio companies including Autoquake, Mippin and Weeworld. Other Accel-backed companies include Facebook, BitTorrent and Brightcove.

Judy was ranked among the 20 most influential business women by the Wall Street Journal Europe.

Following the appointment of Paul Myners to the Government, and his subsequent resignation as chairman of GMG, the Scott Trust has begun the process to appoint his successor. Senior non-executive director John Bartle is acting chairman in the interim period.

Further information: Chris Wade 020 7713 4041

Notes to editors

About Accel Partners
Founded in 1983 and with offices in Palo Alto, London, India and China (via the IDG-Accel Partnership), Accel Partners has a long history of excellence and innovation in the venture capital business and is dedicated to partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class technology businesses. Accel portfolio companies have completed IPOs that have created more than $150 billion in market capitalisation and the firm has a history of backing category-defining companies which include Admob, Actuate, Agile Software, Alfresco, AMCC, Arrowpoint, ComScore, Facebook, Foundry Networks, GlamMedia, Infinera, JBoss, Kayak, Macromedia, metroPCS, Polycom/PictureTel, QlikTech, Real Networks, Redback Networks, Riverbed, UUNet, Veritas,, XenSource and Zimbra. For more information, visit the Accel Partners website at

About GMG
Guardian Media Group plc is one of the UK’s leading multimedia companies. Its portfolio includes:

• Guardian News & Media: the Guardian and Observer newspapers and
• GMG Regional Media: the Manchester Evening News and its website, other regional newspapers in the North West and South, and the Channel M city TV station.
• GMG Radio: regional radio stations across the UK under the Real Radio, Smooth Radio, Century Radio and Rock Radio brands.
• GMG Property Services: providers of software to independent estate agents.
• Trader Media Group: one of Europe’s largest specialist print and online media companies, and publisher of the Auto Trader magazine and website. Trader Media Group is jointly owned by GMG and Apax Partners.
• Emap: the B2B publishing, events and information business, also jointly owned by GMG and Apax Partners.

GMG is wholly owned by the Scott Trust, which was created in 1936 to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity. For further information visit