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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
JACK Matthews has been ap- pointed CEO of Fairfax Digital, the online news and classified businesses of John Fairfax hold- ings Limited. Matthews will be responsible for Fairfax Digital's Australian operations. In announcing Matthews' ap- pointment, effective immedi- ately, David Kirk, Fairfax's CEO said, "Jack Matthews is a dynamic leader who will drive significant growth from the existing busi- nesses, and has a mandate for strategic expansion. "The whole Fairfax team will benefit from his wide-ranging expertise across telecoms, media, and the internet. As well as expe- rience in video and mobile com- munications, Jack knows Austral- ia, New Zealand and Asia well." Matthews said, "This is a great time to join Fairfax. We have the best overall internet platform in Australia and New Zealand, with the widest range of products and services, and with outstanding news and classified businesses that are either leading or strongly challenging in their sectors. "I'm looking forward to work- ing with our COO, Mike Game, and the team to take an entrepreneurial and growth-oriented Fairfax Digital to the next level in this fast develop- ing and converging media arena." Matthews comes to the position having most recently been the ex- ecutive vice president and COO of Jupiter Programming Company, Japan, the largest provider of pay TV in Japan. He has been chief ex- ecutive of Premium Movie Partner- ship, chief executive of Saturn and Telstra Saturn and has a back- ground in sales and marketing in a variety of electronic technology companies. IAN Martin, recently national busi- ness manager for Fujifilm Australia, has been appointed as the new gen- eral manager of trade business for Ferag Australia. In his new role, he will be responsible for all prepress equipment and consumables, post- press consumables for the web sec- tor such as Ferag's market-leading stitching wire and adhesives, as well as non-Ferag equipment such as Sitma inserters and Grafikontrol web control systems. "I am delighted to be returning to the local graphic arts industry with such a well-respected company as Ferag Australia," said Martin. "The company has a deserved reputation for excellence in customer service and I will be seeking to continue this tradition as well as grow the busi- ness with new innovative products in consumables and equipment." Martin replaces Fritz Kistler, who is leaving Ferag and returning to Singapore in order to pursue new business opportunities. "I'd like to thank Fritz Kistler for his contribu- tion to the local industry and wish him all the best for the future," said Martin. Kistler came to Ferag Australia in 2003 from Ferag in Singapore, charged with the task of building the prepress side of the business. In 2005, he took on the role of general manager of trade business. "It's been a privilege to be in- volved in building the prepress side of the business from scratch," said Kistler. "I would like to thank all our customers for the support they have given us and congratulate the Ferag Australia staff for their skill and ded- ication to service which has made working with them so pleasurable." "Ian is an ideal candidate to take on the challenges of this role. I'd like to welcome him back to the indus- try and have no doubt that he will be very successful in continuing to build the business." CHARLES Miller is the in- augural chair of the newly established New Zealand Paper Forum. Miller is general manager of Pa- perlinX NZ The forum was estab- lished mainly in response to the growing emphasis on waste reduction and the need for the paper industry to be able to provide robust informa- tion on the environmen- tal performance of the sector. Forum membership includes major manu- facturers, distributors, converters and consum- ers of paper. Printing Industries New Zealand and ACP Media are among the founding 12 members of the association. Miller said his first task would be to work with Fo- rum members on a plan to support the organisa- tion's objectives. Fairfax Digital gets new CEO Martin moves to Ferag NZ paper forum established 58 | PaNPa bULLETIN May 2006 PEOPLE