Alan Melrose, Digital Commercial Operations Manager, Digital

When did you join DC Thomson?

Originally employed by Aberdeen Journals, I joined the Company in 1994.

What’s your role in DC Thomson?

I’ve been fortunate to work my way through the ranks, primarily with our Advertising departments before moving to a more digitally focused role in 2014.

What makes your working day enjoyable?

The variety of work and the people! The digital environment is fast moving and highly creative and with its fluid nature you have to be committed to self -learning. There is no one established model for how we transition to a multi-media business which means you have to think on your feet about how changes in social dynamics and software development can best enhance our readers engagement with our digital offering.

Tell us a little about the part you play in making DC Thomson a success?

I like to think I act as a conduit between the commercial and technical sides of the business. I have more than 20 years’ experience in sales, a large portion of which has been developing my knowledge of how technology has changed publishing. Hopefully that has allowed me to advise the business on how best to make money from a media landscape that changes on a daily basis.

What is your highlight of being part of DC Thomson?

Being part of a business that evolves is challenging and hugely rewarding when we get it right. I’m very proud of what we have achieved so far and the best is yet to come