Fairfax Media NZ Management changes

Fairfax Media Limited today announced changes to the organisational and reporting structure of its operations, and changes to its Executive Leadership Team.

These changes involve a simplification of the Australian organisational structure to drive revenues and efficiencies in the Australian publishing businesses and unlock the potential of Fairfax's digital businesses.

Allen Williams, who was formerly the CEO of Fairfax New Zealand, will return to Australia as Managing Director, Australian Publishing Media. Australian Publishing Media incorporates The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and other businesses previously contained within Metro Media, the Financial Review Group, Fairfax Regional Media, Agricultural Media and FCN NSW.

Andrew Boyle, General Manager of the southern region of Fairfax New Zealand, has been appointed Acting Managing Director, Fairfax New Zealand, while a permanent appointment to the role is finalised.

Mr Williams had been running Fairfax New Zealand since 2009, and prior to that led a number of Fairfax's operations across rural, regional and metropolitan markets in Australia and the United States.

"Allen has been an outstanding leader of the NZ business and our new APM division will benefit from his tremendous skills and experience," Fairfax Media Chief Executive and Managing Director, Greg Hywood, said.

"Allen is leaving the NZ business in good shape, and it will be in good hands with Andrew Boyle. Andrew immediately steps into a senior leadership role within Fairfax Media, reporting to me. Other than this acting appointment, and an increased focus on collaboration across Fairfax Media, the changes announced today will not affect the NZ business."

Mr Boyle has worked at The Press in NZ as General Manager of the southern region since 2008, and prior to that held general management positions at Fairfax in Waikato and at APN-owned Hawkes Bay Today. He has a strong sales and marketing background, and has worked in tourism and media companies internationally, including at Tourism NZ, NZ TAB and Independent Newspapers Ltd.

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For further information, please contact:
Fairfax Media Communications and Marketing Manager
Nicola Igusa
09 925 9817 or 027 704 7521
email nicola.igusa@fairfaxmedia.co.nz