Justin Randles, group managing director of Lighthouse Independent Media and publisher of Marketing magazine, will leave Lighthouse at the end of February 2019. Randles founded Lighthouse and launched Marketing magazine 17 years ago. Two years ago in February 2017, Lighthouse was acquired by Forum Media Group.
From March 2019, Lighthouse will be led by Evelyn Wong in Singapore and Vivien Peters in Hong Kong, with both Wong and Peters reporting to Arek Widawski, member of the executive board, Forum Media Group.
“I am very proud of what we have all achieved together. With Evelyn Wong and Vivien Peters, and their executive teams, Lighthouse is in good hands,” Randles said. He added that it was time for him to take some time off and think about doing something different, and for new leadership to take the business forward.
“Over the past 17 years the Lighthouse team has created a unique company which has seen continual reinvention from a print publishing company to a successful and sustainable modern B2B media business in an extremely dynamic market,” Randles (pictured) said.
Lighthouse was incorporated in Singapore in February 2002 and it’s first magazine, Marketing, was published in May that year. Marketing quickly became one of the leading trade magazines in what was then a vibrant and competitive sector, with half a dozen magazines serving the advertising and marketing industry in Singapore alone. Marketing’s website, marketing-interactive.com, launched in early 2004, followed shortly afterwards by Lighthouse’s second brand, Human Resources, which was first published in late 2004.
From 2006, Lighthouse pursued regional expansion, opening offices in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur and launching Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines editions of Human Resources and Marketing, which in Malaysia is published in print and online under the Advertising + Marketing brand.
Despite the profound changes undergoing the media industry which claimed many media companies in Asia, Lighthouse continued growing at a steady pace in its first decade, weathering the 2009 global financial crisis in the process. But it wasn’t until the company embraced events in 2013 that Lighthouse really started to post sustainable profits. The company’s portfolio of conferences, awards shows and training workshops now numbers over 150 events a year. In addition, Lighthouse has a successful events services division, Lighthouse Events, which launched in 2013.