News Corp Australia’s chief operating officer of publishing, Damian Eales, has announced a string of appointments within regional publishing operations, as veteran executive Nick Trompf leaves the company after 30 years.
Mr Trompf, the executive general manager of News Regional Media, has decided to leave the company for personal reasons. He played a major role in the acquisition and initial integration of Australian Regional Media last year.
Jason Scott will move into the newly created position of managing director – Queensland and Northern Territory. Currently the executive general manager of The Courier Mail, Sunday Mail and Quest community business, his new role will oversee the operating division of the company’s metro, regional and community titles in Queensland, the Northern Territory and northern NSW.
Managing director of regional media, Neil Monaghan, has landed the national role of managing director of publishing operations. The new role will include the additional duties of procurement, logistics and production across the country.
Peter Zavecz, who is currently the managing director of HWT commercial, will be moving into the expanded role of managing director – Victoria and Tasmania. Mr Zavecz will have oversight of the Herald & Weekly Times business, as well as The Geelong Advertiser and Davies Bros, Hobart.
The changes are the next stage of the integration of the Australian Regional Media business.
Mr Eales said that the state-based changes would allow the company to better serve the local community and advertisers.
“For the communities we serve, these changes will enable commercial and editorial teams to work together to publish more local news, sport and entertainment that ever before.
“For advertisers, these changes will enable us to serve more needs by aligning our many different products and services into one simple-to-execute and highly efficient media partnership,” he said.
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