WatchPro has appointed Kate Doherty as editor, as the UK watch business magazine enters a key period of growth.
Doherty, who was recently married and has changed her surname from Donovan, joins WatchPro tomorrow from Retail Jeweller magazine, where she was deputy editor.
The new WatchPro editor had worked at Retail Jeweller for nearly four years, during which time she has written about watches, and so joins WatchPro equipped with a strong knowledge of the watch industry and the UK retail market.
Doherty said: "WatchPro‘s growth since its conception has been phenomenal and it is with extreme pride and excitement that I take on its editorship. I have been fortunate to write about watches for almost four years and I have learnt a great deal and developed a passion for both the products and people that make the industry a highly charismatic and compelling arena to operate in.
"I am thrilled to be joining a magazine that provides retailers, brands and watch enthusiasts with print and online platforms that superbly deliver the latest news, in-depth analysis and product insight quickly, and with plenty of personality."
Doherty will take over the day-to-day editorship of WatchPro from editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor who will remain in her current role but will now be freed up to focus on additional projects such as the London Watch Show. Taylor also oversees sister title Professional Jeweller magazine and will soon begin work on a new consumer-facing jewellery magazine for WatchPro publisher ITP Promedia.
Taylor said: "I have had the pleasure to work with Kate in the past and know that she will be a superb addition to what is becoming known as a very dynamic team here at ITP Promedia. She has a genuine interest in the market, coupled with strong journalistic skills and her warm and professional personality has already helped her make her mark in the industry.
"Kate is more than ready for the next step in her career and we are delighted that she has chosen to take that step with WatchPro, which will benefit enormously from an editor dedicated solely to one title at this exciting stage in its development."
Former WatchPro deputy editor Kathryn Bishop has been promoted to editor of Professional Jeweller magazine and will maintain an ad-hoc affiliation with WatchPro as contributing editor.
As editor of WatchPro Donovan will work closely with the existing team on two brand new upcoming projects for the magazine – the WatchPro Hot 100 and the London Watch Show, of which WatchPro is the official media partner.
Doherty said: "The upcoming reveal of the inaugural WatchPro Hot 100 and the London Watch Show in July makes this a particularly electric time to be joining the team at ITP Promedia. I have known Rachael and Kathryn for some time and look forward to working alongside them on this dynamic title that continues to take the watch industry by storm. Exciting times."
Doherty will spend her first week in the WatchPro editor’s role at BaselWorld in Switzerland but can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.