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Panpa Bulletin : August 2006
august 2006 PANPA bULLETIN | 59 THE general manager of The Launceston Examiner, Tom O'Meara, announced his resignation in July. Mr O'Meara was chief executive and gen- eral manager of The Examiner for four years. During the past 12 years, he has been general manager of the Canberra Times, the Ballarat Courier and The Exam- iner The three papers are all owned by Rural Press. Before moving to Ballarat in 1994, his positions with The Examiner included chief of staff for 10 years, and North- West manager and promotions manager. O'Meara said he planned to take a break with his wife Ro- byn and then pursue other opportunities, probably within Tasmania. Rural Press southern division general manager Lloyd Whish-Wilson said O'Meara had made a significant contri- bution over a long period to The Examiner and Rural Press, and was widely respected throughout the newspaper in- dustry. TRACY Richardson has been appointed national media marketing manager, News Limited. This newly created position will see Richardson oversee trade marketing of all News Limited titles. She will focus on deliver- ing News Limited sales teams increased national support, and aligning the communication of national platforms to advertis- ers. Richardson will work closely with Garth Agius - recently ap- pointed to the position of group director of Marketing, Advertis- ing and Integration - to drive greater alignment between News Limited consumer and trade marketing efforts and to provide advertisers with a deeper understanding of how audiences con- sume and relate to News Limited media. Richardson was previously media marketing manager, News Limited Community Newspapers where she was responsible for all national consumer and trade marketing activity, sales sup- port and market research. Achievements in this role include helping launch the very successful truelocal.com.au brand, and instigating and developing the re-positioning of News Limited Community Newspapers. Her efforts helped deliver a 25 per cent year-on-year increase in sales in a declining market. Meanwhile, Paul Housiaux has been appointed to the new position of IT&T manager Melbourne for News Limited. Housiaux's immediate focus will be to combine HWT and Leader teams into a new Melbourne IT&T service group to sup- port Herald and Weekly Times, Leader and NewsAdvantage Melbourne. He is currently IT&T manager for HWT, recently managed the planning and implementation of technology for NAM. The creation of a Melbourne IT&T group, servicing HWT, Leader and NewsAdvantage Melbourne, is an important step in the development of a more cohesive National IT function. "The move will allow the company to pool resources and pro- vide better service, greater responsiveness and flexibility. the organisation around to gain profitability". Financial reporting with P & L figures for each geographical re- gion will continue as before. Rob Lord, who is a director of PANPA and an enthusiastic supporter of its objectives, has worked in the paper industry for more than 18 years. Prior to his current role of exec- utive vice-president, Australasia, in which he has been responsible for driving the current extensive restructuring of the region's mills - major upgrades at Albury and Tasman and the closure of the oldest Tasman machine - Lord worked primarily in marketing and sales roles. Most recently, he was vice-pres- ident marketing and sales for Nor- ske Skog Australasia. Prior to that he worked for Fletcher Challenge Australasia as director, marketing and sales. Previously, he had been marketing director (paper) for Tasman Pulp and Paper based in New Zealand. His industry experience also included working in Australia for Australian Newsprint Mills as na- tional sales manager and Tasman Pulp and Paper as paper product manager. Lord is currently chairman of the Australian Plantation Prod- ucts and Paper Industry Council (A3P), the peak body representing the pulp and paper industry and the major growers and processors of plantation wood products in Australia. As well as serving on the board of PANPA, he is a director of Ma- laysian Newsprint Industries, a part-owned Norske Skog com- pany based in Malaysia. Lord is a member of the Inter- national CEO Forum in Australia and a former member of the New Zealand Business Roundtable. He currently serves and advises gov- ernment on the Australian Forest and Wood Products Council, as well as the NSW Forest and For- est Products Ministerial Advisory Council. Ketil Lyng, who will now run Norske Skog operations in Aus- tralasia with Thailand added, has been the company's senior vice- president, supply and logistics. He completed his law degree at the University of Oslo and was with the Norwegian Consumer Council for two years from 1983. Lyng was Norske Skog's legal ad- visor, board secretary and deputy managing director from 1985-89, vice-president, commercial and administrative functions, 1989- 95, senior vice-president, human resources and organisation, 1995- 96, managing director, Norske Skog Golbey, France, 1996-00, and vice-president, strategy and busi- ness development, 2000-02. Peter Chrisp, who has been giv- en the key role of improving the company's profitability, gained a Masters degree (First Class with Honours) in Social Sciences, in New Zealand before completing studies in law, business, finance and marketing. He was awarded an Eisenhower Scholarship to study best practice in organisation development in the US and in that capacity ob- served first hand the changes fol- lowing initiatives at major com- panies like Harley Davidson, the Saturn Car Plant and Lake Supe- rior Paper Industries. As training and development manager at Tasman Paper and Pulp he participated in a large scale re-engineering exercise and went on to hold a variety of roles including business unit leader for wood processing, performance leader FibreCo, performance leader logistics and distribution, performance leader order fulfill- ment, site manager and most re- cently mill manager. He sits on the NZ Qualifications Authority Board which oversees New Zealand's education and qualification systems. Norske Skog re-structure (cont’d) The new corporate management team has a broad international background and extensive experience with Norske Skog Richardson takes marketing reins O’Meara leaves Examiner