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Fairfax Announces Senior Management Appointments

Senior Management Appointments Announced By Fairfax NZ

Two senior appointments in the Fairfax New Zealand group were announced by the Chief Executive Officer, Brian Evans, today.

David Mackenzie will become General Manager of Fairfax Sundays, and Sue McPherson will become General Manager of an expanded Waikato division.

David Mackenzie is currently General Manager of the Hamilton-based Waikato Times and Sue McPherson is General Manager of the Independent Community Newspapers division, based at Pukekohe.

Brian Evans said David Mackenzie’s outstanding management skills, as demonstrated at the Waikato Times and previously in senior roles at The Press in Christchurch, will assist the ongoing development of the Sunday Star-Times and Sunday News.

Sue McPherson will manage the Waikato Times and associated community newspapers in or adjacent to the Waikato region. All newspapers formerly in the ICN group will be under the Waikato division’s management except for those based in Northland, which will now be managed by Suburban Newspapers in Auckland.

``Sue is an experienced newspaper manager and journalist who will lead the management of the Waikato Times, a newspaper with a proud tradition and of increasing significance to Fairfax in this important growth region. She will also develop synergies between that newspaper plant and surrounding community newspapers,’’ Brian Evans said.

This will enhance the Fairfax regional structure which has newspapers gaining benefits from being grouped around major operations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and now Hamilton.

Brian Evans said: ``I am delighted that David and Sue are joining the Senior Management Team of Fairfax NZ. The company has outstanding growth prospects in both these divisions and I am pleased that talented managers from within our group are gaining these opportunities under Fairfax management.’’

It had been previously announced that Terry Quinn, currently managing Fairfax Sundays, would become Fairfax NZ Editorial Development Manager, leading the development of the group’s titles and other editorial initiatives.

The appointments announced today will take effect on March 1.

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