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Panpa Bulletin : April 2006
PeolPle Brendan Hopkins, chief execu- tive of APN News & Media, has been locked into staying with the group until 'well into' 2009. His present contract expires at the end of next year. No details of the new contract have been given -- they will be in- cluded in the annual report when it is released ahead of the com- pany's shareholder meeting on May 2. But it is clear the company, jolted by the loss to West Austral- ian Newspaper Holdings of Ken Steinke and with changes loom- ing in Australia's s media owner- ship laws, was anxious to ensure management stability. "The Australian media indus- try is entering a new era of chal- lenges and opportunities and APN believes it is fortunate that it will have the continuing commit- ment of its chief executive to lead the company through to 2009," said APN deputy chairman Ted Harris. Hopkins, who took on the role of CEO in August, 2002, said he was delighted to have been asked to extend his contract. "We have a great company, a first class team of people and a number of great businesses, each with leading positions in their re- spective markets." he said. Hopkins was the fourth CEO at APN in four years, following the resignation of Cameron O'Reilly, in 2000. APN, which owns 23 daily and more than 100 non-daily newspa- pers in New Zealand, Queensland and NSW, last year increased its full-year net profit by 16 per cent to $149.7 million. Catherine Woodside is the new News Limited circulation sales manager, who comes to the posi- tion from having been circulation manager at Nationwide News. News Limited circulation di- rector Mark Webster said Wood- side will be responsible for the formulation and implementation of national strategic initiatives to optimise retail and subscription sales of News Limited newspa- pers and magazines. She will be primarily responsi- ble for key account management of national retailers including supermarkets, service stations, convenience stores, coffee chains, fast food chains and other retail- ers that play an important role in the distribution and sale of our newspapers and magazines. "This is a new and important appointment. News Limited newspapers are performing well, but we see an opportunity to fur- ther improve circulation via a na- tionally co-ordinated approach to retailing and home delivery man- agement," said Webster. "Cath- erine has developed a unique understanding of newspaper operations in recent years having gained experience in the adver- tising and circulation disciplines. She is an energetic and resource- ful sales manager and will provide strong leadership in her new na- tional role, to allow News Limited to maximise sales opportunities and provide a national point of contact for national retailers." Woodside joined News Limited in 1997 as an advertising account manager for The Daily Telegraph and was later appointed nation- al advertising manager for The Weekend Australian Magazine. "Over the past few years I've developed a good appreciation of the complexity of newspaper dis- tribution and sales. We have a lot of dedicated and talented people in our circulation departments around the country and I look for- ward to helping them grow sales in the future," said Woodside. She took up her new position on Monday April 10. Hopkins to stay Woodside moves to national role april 2006 PaNPa bUlletiN | 49 Offer your customers something new and help them to make money. MemoStick is individual and exclusive. Applied to the newspaper, MemoStick peals off easily and stays self-adhesive time and again. MemoStick is interaction: a voucher to hand in, or a special offer to order by Phone, Fax, SMS or Internet. Success can be measured immediately. To find out more, go to www.ferag.com (Newspapers/Added value/ MemoStick) and www.wrh-marketing.com (News). MemoStick. It sticks in the mind, not to the paper. MemoStick Interactive sales promotion in the newspaper FERAG AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. A WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG COMPANY SYDNEY OFFICE ALEXANDRIA, NSW 2015, PHONE +61 2 8337 9777, www.ferag-australia.com MELBOURNE OFFICE DINGLEY VILLAGE, VIC 3172, PHONE +61 3 9551 3988