South San Francisco, Calif., April 28th, 2011 – Future US, the special-interest media company, is excited to announce Kate Byrne, Vice President of the Technology Group, has been named to the Folio:40’s list of Director Level Doers. The Folio:40 honors individuals creating a new chapter for the magazine industry and features distinguished magazine and media professionals.
With an ever-changing media landscape, Byrne overhauled Future’s technology group by rebuilding the team, launching a series of new print and digital products and executing a well-defined app strategy. In 2010, Byrne launched a new print title, Maximum Tech, when many publishers were abandoning print publications. The new title is currently available on newsstands and focuses on personal technology, highlighting high-end consumer electronics. MaximumTech.com launches this spring and Byrne is expected to take the print magazine bi-monthly in 2012.
In addition to Maximum Tech, Byrne launched Mac|Life on the iPad where “Issue Zero” received over 500,000 downloads and was awarded the AdAge Media Vanguard Award for Most Promising Magazine App. By utilizing a different approach than other magazine publishers, Mac|Life asked readers what they wanted in an App, which fueled its success in the App Store.
“I am honored to be in such amazing company and thrilled that the Future US team is getting recognition for its creativity, smart execution and product innovation,” said Kate Byrne. “Stay tuned as this is only the beginning!”
To view the entire Folio:40 list, please click here.
Future plc is an international special-interest media group, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR). Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events. We hold market-leading positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, automotive and crafts. Our biggest-selling magazines include T3, Total Film, Classic Rock, Guitar World and Official Xbox Magazine. Our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, and techradar.com . Future sells more than 3 million magazines each month; we attract more than 20 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 27 annual live events. In addition, Future exports or syndicates publications to 90 countries, making us the UK’s number one exporter and licensor of monthly magazines.