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Panpa Bulletin : February 2006
February 2006 PANPA BULLETIN | 55 PEOPLE Alan Revell leaves Fairfax Kortink wins inaugural Maggie Maxwell Award WATCHING from free prime seats as champions compete at the Australian Open Tennis seems a long way from directing an adver- tising sales team but Cheryl Kort- ink earned the right to be there. Kortink, advertising director of the Wellington-based The Do- minion Post, won the inaugural Maggie Maxwell Fairfax Leader- ship Award. Cheryl (left) is seen here celebrating her award with Fairfax New Zealand Ltd chief ex- ecutive officer Joan Withers. Besides a framed certificate, Kortink was given an expenses paid trip for two to Melbourne and tickets to the Australian Open Tennis competition. Fairfax New Zealand created the award to foster leadership qualities and to honour the mem- ory of the late Maggie Maxwell, who headed the company's mag- azines division under INL owner- ship. Maxwell died recently after a long illness. Fairfax central region general manager Paul Elenio described Kortink as a creative thinker who drew the best out of people. "She is passionate about newspapers, understands her market and is often ahead of others in recognis- ing the possibilities in the future," Elenio said. He also described Kortink as being loyal to staff and very good at recognising and re- warding achievement. AFTER eight years at Fairfax, help- ing take the company to one of the strongest positions in its his- tory, Alan Revell will leave Fairfax Group early this year to explore other opportunities in the UK. Revell joined Fairfax in 1997 as the editor of The Sun-Herald, re- launching and rebuilding the pa- per's weekly circulation to more than 612,00 copies. He was ap- pointed Managing Director, Con- tent and Commerce at f2 (now Fairfax Digital) in 2000, and in January 2001 he became publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Her- ald, improving the profitability of both papers. He took SMH Sat- urday circulation up over 400,000 and conceived and launched the successful (sydney) magazine. He was made Commercial Di- rector in 2003, with responsibility for all metro newspaper display and classified advertising and con- tact centres, the Fairfax Digital and Fairfax Group Magazines divisions and group marketing. In 2005, he was appointed Group Executive with responsibility for new media growth, where he continued to develop opportunities for Fairfax, such as the acquisition of online dating business rsvp.com.au. "Fairfax is a great company with great people, publications and prospects. I look forward to watching it continue to make gi- ant strides under David Kirk and feel privileged to have played a part of its successes over the last eight years," said Revell. David Kirk, CEO of Fairfax, praised Revell, saying, "Alan has made an outstanding contri- bution to Fairfax in a range of important roles. I am personally sorry to see him leave but under- stand his desire to embark on a new phase in his life and career in another market. I wish him well." Vale Michael Davie FORMER editor of The Age, Michael Davie, passed away in his home in England on Decem- ber 7, 2005. Davie was the editor of The Age from February 1979 to June 1981. Andrew Jaspen, editor-in-chief of The Age, said Davie's reputa- tion lives on. "Particularly the way in which he restored the paper's commitment to quality and campaigning journalism. He was also an outstanding patron of young writers and cartoonists and his legacy for spotting tal- ent remains with us today. I last heard from him earlier in 2005 when we exchanged emails. He remained full of interest in how the paper was doing and for news from Melbourne. He was to the end very fond of The Age." Among his lasting achieve- ments were the launch of The Age Good Food Guide, and the Give the Yarra a Go campaign. After Davie returned to Eng- land he continued writing, for newspapers and with his wife, biographer Anne Chisholm, on a number of books. The family has requested that rather than send flowers, a donation be made to the charity Save-A-Child, based in England.