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Panpa Bulletin : July 2007
24 PANPA Bulletin July 2007 The continuing reshape of Fairfax Media By Jack Beverley Completion of the team chosen to run the eight new operating business units set up by Fairfax Media in its latest restructure of the group's Australian operations following the merger with Rural Press has seen two of the nal three management positions go to former Rural executives. That brings the total of chief execu- tive/publisher positions won by Rural managers to six, including the prime job in charge of NSW and ACT metropolitan publishing, which went to veteran Rural executive Lloyd Whish-Wilson (PANPA Bulletin, p16, June issue). The position of CEO and publisher of Fairfax Community Newspapers (NSW) and Hunter and Illawarra Regional Newspapers, has gone to Allen Williams, who joined Rural Press in 1990. This unit is responsible for the Newcastle Herald, Port Stephens Examiner and Maitland Mercury in the north, the Illawarra Mercury in the south, and the greater Sydney suburban and community newspapers. Williams, who has been a director of PANPA for the last four years, will also continue to lead the US agriculture publi- cations that Rural Press brought with it in the merger. He led numerous management teams across regional and agricultural sites within Rural Press. Prior to joining Rural Press, Williams spent five years with the John Fairfax Group in Melbourne having previously worked with Australian Consolidated Press and the Asher Joel Media Group. The position of CEO and publisher appointment covering the new NSW Regional Publishing business unit has been taken by Bob Mackie. This includes all Fairfax's papers outside the Greater Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra regions across NSW. Mackie had 19 years with Rural Press, joining the company as managing editor of the Barossa and Light Herald in South Australia, before transferring to the Hawkesbury as managing editor of Hawkesbury Newspapers. Currently the regional manager for Rural Press publications Newcastle, the Hunter, Tamworth and the New England, covering more than 30 newspapers and related businesses, Mackie previously spent five years as Western Group man- ager based in Dubbo. He has an editorial background and extensive regional pub- lishing and printing experience. The third position in the second round of appointments, CEO and publisher, Magazines, has gone to Lisa Hudson, who has worked on Fairfax magazines since creating and launching the(sydney)maga- zine as editor in 2003. The magazine group includes Good Weekend, Sunday Life, the(sydney) magazine, theage(melbourne)magazine, Television and Travel + Leisure. After the launch of the(sydney)maga- zine, Hudson was promoted to group edi- tor and has held the position of publisher, with responsibility for the editorial and advertising strategy across six magazine titles, since December 2005. "In this role, she has helped led the group to outstanding readership and success," said the announcement of the new appointments issued by Fairfax Media's deputy CEO and CEO Australia, Brian McCarthy. "Her key achievements also in- cluding overseeing the launch of theage(melbourne)magazine and Travel + Leisure Australia, setting a new editorial direction and successful path for Sunday, and overseeing the contemporary rede- sign of Good Weekend. "Working in magazines is the highlight of Lisa's 25-year career in journalism and pub- lishing, during which she gained experience at four newspapers in Australia and The Times in London. She has been with Fairfax for the past 12 years and is a member of the Editorial Board." Hudson, Williams and Mackie were a "very strong team" and each of them were looking forward to their new re- sponsibilities and working with Fairfax staff, said McCarthy. His announcement also reported the departure of Karim Temsamani, the group's commercial and group maga- zine director, who has accepted a senior position with Google, and John Stafford, currently General Manager NSDW, is leaving Fairfax "to pursue personal interests." "Karim has driven editorial qual- ity and commercial success in our magazines, and advertising revenues at Herald Publications," McCarthy said. "John leaves with our deep appreciation and thanks." Stafford had been with Fairfax for 19 years and in that time had been instrumental in the growth of Fairfax Community Newspapers. This included the launch of a number of new titles and responsibility for the successful integration of Text Media with Fairfax. As General Manager NSW Stafford had been primarily focused on the Newcastle and Wollongong regional and Sydney community titles, with the added respon- sibility of second in charge in the State. All eight new CEOs report directly to McCarthy, who told staff that he would be making further announcements on ad- ditional appointments and issues soon. Lisa Hudson. news All eight new CEOs report directly to McCarthy, who told sta that he would be making further announcements on additional appointments ...
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