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Panpa Bulletin : February 2006
February 2006 PANPA BULLETIN | 57 PEOPLE Alcorn promoted to Deputy Editor GAY Alcorn has been appointed Deputy Editor of The Age alongside Paul Ramadge, Senior Deputy Editor. Prior to her appointment Alcorn was Insight Editor. She has won three Walkley awards, the latest in 2004 when as part of the Investigative Unit the paper published a major profile of former ALP leader Mark Latham in the lead-up to the last federal election. Her two previous Walkleys were for news coverage and feature writing. She was also Washington correspondent from 1999-2002, and a former news editor of The Sunday Age. Carolyn Jones has been appointed Foreign Editor in succession to Mary- Anne Toy who is the new Beijing Correspondent. Jones was previously deputy foreign editor, national news editor and education correspondent. Andrew Jaspan, Editor-in-Chief, said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of both Gay and Carolyn. They are both remarkable journalists and will now move into roles where they can help shape and lead the development of The Age." Ray Atkinson joins News board RAY Atkinson has become the newest member of the News Lim- ited Board, taking up his position on February 1. He also takes on the new role of director of sales News Limited, leading the plan- ning and development of sales across all of its products, includ- ing newspapers, magazines and online. He will also explore ad- vertising synergies with News Limited's associated businesses, including Foxtel. Atkinson began his career with News Limited as a copy boy on The Sunday Times in Perth. He worked in a number of advertis- ing positions and in 1970 was appointed deputy advertising manager for The Sunday Times. In 1972 he moved to News Lim- ited's Sunday Sun in Brisbane as advertising director and in 1984 became advertising director of Queensland Newspapers. He was appointed advertising director at the Herald and Weekly Times in 1994 and in 1997 became sales director of Newsnet, News Lim- ited's national sales network. He was appointed News Limited's advertising sales director in 1999. Atkinson will be working close- ly with Dr Stephen Hollings, stra- tegic development director -- ad- vertising, and Tony Kendall, who succeeds Mr Atkinson as News Limited advertising sales director. News Limited chairman and CEO, John Hartigan, is delight- ed to welcome Atkinson to the board. "Ray is a valued member of my executive team and he will continue to make a significant contribution. I welcome his pro- fessionalism and his foresight onto the News Limited board," said Hartigan. "He is an innova- tive sales leader who has devel- oped a talented group of sales executives at News Limited. His new role allows him to take a strategic view to further develop the considerable strengths of our products and ensure we provide the best advertising opportuni- ties across our wide network." Atkinson was delighted to take on the new opportunity. "News Limited is a dynamic and re- spected media company and it is an honour to be appointed to the board. We have the country's strongest network of newspa- pers, magazines, online sites and associated media businesses and I look forward to developing joint advertising initiatives for our cli- ents," said Atkinson. The other members of the board are: News Corporation chairman and chief executive officer, Rupert Murdoch; News Limited chair- man and chief executive officer, John Hartigan; News Limited chief operating officer, Peter Macourt; News Limited chief financial of- ficer, Stephen Rue; News Limited director corporate development, Malcolm Colless; Herald and Weekly Times managing director, Julian Clarke; Queensland News- papers managing director, Jerry Harris; Nationwide News manag- ing director, Peter Wylie and Ad- vertiser Newspapers managing director, Michael Miller. Darke joins DIC Graphic MEREDITH Darke has joined DIC Graphics Australia as its new Market- ing Manager Web. Darke comes to DIC with more than 13 years experi- ence in the graphic arts industry, and holds a post-graduate degree in busi- ness and management. Ian Johns, Web Director, said, "I'm delighted to have Meredith join our team. Our aim at DIC is to ensure continual improvement in planning, strategy and execution -- and Meredith brings the right combination of skills to DIC and to marketing the leading brand of Coates web inks. As a market leader in Australia and New Zealand with premium quality products, we look to continually develop our business to enable us to respond quickly to market demands." Darke is looking forward to working with the DIC team. "I am really looking forward to the chal- lenge of this exciting role. My vision is to enhance DIC's reputation in the market, and to further develop on DIC's good relations." Gay Alcorn has been appointed Deputy Editor of The Age.