Major magazine publishers take control: new leadership for Magazine Networks

The organisation’s executive director Mary Ann Azer to depart

The magazine publisher’s lobby group that represents Bauer, Pacific and NewsLifeMedia is getting a major overhaul.

The organisation’s executive director Mary Ann Azer is leaving Magazine Networks this week.

Her last day is Wednesday.

She commented today: “The publishers – Pacific, Bauer Media and NewsLifeMedia – have made the decision to take active control of and leadership of the body to push it forward in a unified manner, and I am excited about its ongoing growth.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for MN and all that we have achieved, and am looking forward to my next challenge.”

Gereurd Roberts

Gereurd Roberts, CEO, Pacific and chairman of Magazine Networks, commented:

“There has been amazing evolution and innovation across all of the Magazine Networks publishers over the past two years, and it is time for us to step up, take ownership and do a better job of communicating that. It is incumbent on us.

“In that event we’ve made the decision to come together and take a more active, collaborative role in the future running and direction of Magazine Networks.

“I look forward to working more closely with Paul [Dykzeul, Bauer CEO] and Nicole [Sheffield, News Corp Aust chief digital officer] as we tell the story of how, more than ever, our brands are leveraging their intimate relationships with audiences beyond the traditional printed form and ultimately offering trusted, targeted and contextually relevant environments for our partners.

“We would also like to thank Mary Ann for her warmth, insight and passion during her time with Magazine Networks, and wish her well in her next chapter.”

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