Absolut Media, the publisher of the Budapest Business Journal, has announced it has appointed Robin Marshall as editor-in-chief of the newspaper, its website and associated publications. He has been fulfilling the role since September 1 after his predecessor, Tom Popper, left the paper at the end of August.
Marshall, who is British, has a long track record in second language publications in Hungary, having moved to the country in 1998 to take up the editor’s position at The Budapest Sun, then Hungary’s largest circulation foreign language newspaper. He performed that role for more than ten years, latterly as both managing editor and publishing director. He left the paper in October 2008, and it closed the following year.
In June 2009 he was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Birthday Honors list for “services to Anglo-Hungarian relations”. He was invested by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, at Buckingham Palace in November of that year.
While at The Budapest Sun he was also editor of the print publications of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, and since September 2010 has edited first Voice and then Journal, the regular publications of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. He began working with the BBJ in the summer of 2010 and has been involved in a number of Absolut Media’s projects and publications ever since. He was made associate editor of the business journal in July 2014, and has hosted the BBJ Expat CEO of the Year Gala since its launch in 2015.
The new editor was presented to members of the business and diplomatic communities at an exclusive event in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest on November 16. “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Robin Marshall to this important role,” said Balázs Román, CEO of Absolut Media. “We have worked with him for a number of years; he is a respected and experienced professional and we believe he is an excellent match for the Budapest Business Journal and the company, both in terms of maintaining the quality and reputation of the paper, and in successfully taking the business forward in the future.”
Marshall says he is excited to take on what is a big job. “The BBJ is Hungary’s oldest English language publication in existence, having continuously reported on business life here since 1992. It was around when I first came to Budapest; I fully expect it to still be here long after I have gone. There is a great team involved in producing the paper, and I look forward to working with them in developing the publication in the years to come.”