Both will take up their new roles from Thursday 1 June.
Cornwell joined Immediate in 2021 as Platforms CEO, with responsibility for Immediate’s digital businesses – including its gardening and food brands, award-winning podcast portfolio, and Immediate’s Product & Tech, Audience Development, eCommerce and Affiliates teams.
He has overseen the scaled growth of Immediate’s digital subscriptions business, with the launch of premium paid-for digital products in Food, History, and Gardening, and the acquisition of Nutracheck.
With over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership positions, Cornwell’s previous roles include CEO of Direct Ferries, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer of Travelex, and MD International at eHarmony – as well as other senior general management and marketing roles at Google and various start-ups.
Immediate’s founding CEO, Tom Bureau, takes up the role of Chairman, in addition to his role as CEO of Burda International, the international arm of Immediate’s parent company, Hubert Burda Media.
Sean Cornwell says: “I’m incredibly proud and excited to be appointed the new CEO of Immediate. It’s a real privilege to work with such powerful and trusted brands which really matter to our customers. But above all, I’m really proud to work with the people that make up Immediate, their talent, creativity, and dedication has driven the success we’ve had over the last decade, and I’m really looking forward to working with them as we continue to grow and develop the business further.”
Tom Bureau adds: “Having worked closely with Sean for the last two years, I know he shares the values which have made Immediate such a great company and I’m confident Immediate will continue to grow and develop under his leadership. I’m immensely proud of the success we’ve achieved since Immediate was launched in 2011, we’ve transformed from a primarily print-based company to a strong, diversified multiplatform business, and I’d like to thank all of our teams and people who’ve been key to our continued success. I can’t wait to get started in my new role.”