Mike Soutar

SpecialityChief Executive Officer, ESI Media
Chief Executive Officer, ESI MediaOver a 30-year career, Mike has worked in a variety of media companies globally as an Editor, Publisher and broadcaster in print, digital, radio and TV. Mike started at DC Thomson in Dundee, writing horoscopes and beauty tips. He first rose to prominence as the Editor of Smash Hits magazine and went on to edit FHM in the UK and Maxim in America. He also ran Kiss FM, and served on the Board of IPC for six years. Mike co-founded Shortlist Media Ltd. As CEO, Mike led the business from a five-strong start-up in 2007 to a multi-award-winning enterprise, employing over 180 staff and reaching revenues of over £25m per annum. In 2016, Mike led the sale of the business and became a non-executive Chairman. Mike has featured as one of Lord Sugar’s advisors on The Apprentice for the last 9 years. In October 2019 Mike became CEO of Evening Standard Ltd.