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Panpa Bulletin : July 2006
PEOPLE July 2006 PANPA BULLETIN | 49 With a new office in the region and one of the top profession- als in the publishing industry leading the efforts there, Wood- Wing SoftwareTM is poised to make a huge splash in the booming Asia Pacific market. Remco Koster, 32, brings with him a wealth of international experience in the publishing field. Koster is responsible for continuing to boost WoodWing's presence in Asia and the Pacific Rim, and he'll be working out of the company's new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "We're extremely fortunate to have Remco as part of our team," said Erik Schut, President of WoodWing Software. "He's one of the most talented and experienced professionals in this industry, and we know he's going to do a fan- tastic job. His reputation around the world is excellent, and our customers in the Asia Pacific market will benefit so much from his knowledge and expertise." Before coming to WoodWing, Koster worked for a variety of publishing software companies, including the Dutch firm Mediasystemen. He started a NewspaperDirect franchise in Indone- sia and has done projects for newspapers around the globe, including in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa. Koster said he's been extremely impressed with WoodWing's software, and he's thrilled to be part of the team. "With the WoodWing product line and togeth- er with Adobe®, we can become a great success in the Asia Pacific market, just like it is now in Europe, the United States and Latin America," Koster said. WoodWing made its first big splash in the Asian market last year, as India's prestigious Vikatan Group signed on as a Smart Connection EnterpriseTM customer. "We've had great success with the Vikatan Group, and the response we're getting now from other pub- lishers in the region has been tremendous," Koster said. The Asia Pacific office will be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Koster said the location is perfect for WoodWing to be able to serve customers through- out the region. "Because Kuala Lumpur is located centrally in the Asia Pacific, it is a great place to do business so we can efficiently service the entire region," he said. "Further, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport provides hub service to all the major markets in the Asia Pacific, as well as our parent company in The Netherlands." Koster said all the elements are in place now for WoodWing to effectively and efficiently serve cus- tomers in that part of the world. WoodWing Software young gun in Asia Pacifc Fairfax Digital, the online division of publisher John Fairfax Holdings, has made new appointments that underline the increasingly impor- tant role the business is playing in the company's operation A new senior position as online editor-in-chief has been created for Mike Van Niekerk, previously man- aging editor of Fairfax's smh.com.au and theage.com.au websites. Fairfax Digital has also appointed Ian Valle, who had been head of con- tent, commissioning and editorial for the ABC's New Media and Digital Services Division to the position of director of Fairfax Digital Produc- tions As online editor-in-chief, Van Niekerk is joining Fairfax's senior ed- itors and managers on a new board set up by CEO David Kirk to develop a development strategy for its group newspapers that includes changes that will be needed to "maintain rel- evance, impact, circulation growth and commercial success in the dig- ital world". Fairfax said creating the online ed- itor-in-chief role recognises the dig- ital business has expanded beyond the realms of the two metropolitan mastheads, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Van Niekerk is now responsible for the overall product strategy across all Fairfax's online editorial products, including Fairfax Community News- papers and Fairfax Regionals. His new job also involves working with print and online marketing in defining the brand strategies for the flagship websites and those of the re- gional and community newspapers. "Mike's experience, talent and leadership are part of the reason our online sites lead the market to the extent they do," said the CEO of Fair- fax Digital, Jack Matthews. "His promotion was a clear reflec- tion of the division's rapid growth." On the recruitment of Ian Valle, Matthews said his appointment was "a real coup". "It will enable us to enhance the focus of our 24-hour multi-platform newsrooms that will assist in further- ing the strength of the Fairfax Digital Network," he said. Vaile began his career in ABC TV as video editor in the early '80s, later moving to ABC current affairs radio as a producer. He has also held sev- eral senior management roles at the national broadcaster's new media division. Some of Van Niekerk's former re- sponsibilities are being taken on by Darren Burden, who has been ap- pointed online editorial develop- ment manager. A former journalism and computing studies graduate, Burden started at The Age as an on- line producer in 1997. He joined Fairfax full-time in 1999 as webmaster of theage.com.au, moving in 2002 to join Fairfax's new digital venture f2 in Sydney. Burden's new role extends from his recent position as editorial technology team leader, where he managed edito- rial and launches for several Fairfax Digital sites. "Darren's skills will allow us to fo- cus strongly on further development of interactivity into the site, making sure we maintain our place among the world's leading online news brands," said Van Niekerk. On the overall situation, Van Niekerk said the strengthened coverage of breaking news and audience partici- pation was being developed in several ways. More talented people were being brought in and a lot of planning and hard work had been put into integrat- ing the online and print newsrooms. "We've managed to do this success- fully and today our online and print journalists break news minute-by- minute throughout the day," he said. Fairfax making moves in digital media division van Niekerk is now responsible for the overall product strategy across all Fairfax’s online editorial products, including Fairfax Community Newspapers and Fairfax Regionals.