Dave Barnett, head of commercial systems within the IT department of Guardian Newspapers, died at the age of 50, following an accident while visiting the Spanish Grand Prix.
Barnett worked for the newspaper group for 21 years, starting in the composing room and eventually working as a senior manager in the IT department, with many successful projects implemented under his management.
In 1987 he applied for a position as Atex Editorial System Manager on the newly installed editorial front-end system. He held this position for five years until transferring to the advertising system purchased in 1992.
From 1999 Barnett was the IT project manager for the new advertising system, which was probably one of the most complex projects ever undertaken by the group.
It has transformed the advertising systems and the project was uniformly viewed as a great success.
Derek Gannon, the company's IT director, said, "Over the 21 years Barnett had been with GNL, he made a significant contribution both to IT and the company itself. He was not only an extremely professional member of the team, but also a good friend.
Gannon added, "He will be sorely missed by all his colleagues."