Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner has announced two senior appointments at its West Australian operations.
The appointments come following last Friday’s news John Driscoll had stepped down from the position of CEO Seven West Media WA.
Chairman Kerry Stokes recently discussed with Driscoll new additional responsibilities to the CEO role that would have required extensive travel.
Driscoll decided for family reasons that he would not be able to accommodate the additional responsibilities.
Current Seven West Media WA chief operating officer Maryna Fewster has been appointed acting chief executive officer WA.
Current general manager, circulation & distribution, Adam Everett has been appointed chief operating officer WA.
In their new roles Fewster and Everett will be responsible for SWM’s WA operations including The West Australian newspaper, The Sunday Times, thewest.com.au, perthnow.com.au, nine radio stations, 20 regional newspapers and Channel Seven Perth, as well as SWM’s holding in the Community Newspaper Group, a joint-venture with News Corp Australia.
Tim Worner said: “We are very fortunate to have Maryna available to step straight into this role and continue to evolve the business. She has already had a huge impact since joining us in April last year, and we are looking forward to that continuing impact.
“Adam is one of the most experienced and accomplished newspaper executives in the country and has a very long track record of out-performance and innovation when it comes to circulation and distribution. He has also been outstanding in challenging convention to bring about efficiencies. This role will see him use all those qualities across our entire WA business.”
Worner added: “We are proud of our deep and enduring connection with the people of Western Australia, which stretches back 185 years to the establishment of The West Australian in 1833.”
Fewster joined SWM in April 2017 as chief operating officer (WA). Prior to that she worked at iiNet for over a decade as GM corporate services, chief customer officer and chief operating officer.
Everett has been SWM WA’s general manager, circulation and distribution, since 2012. Prior to this he worked for News Corp Australia as director of circulation for Nationwide News in Sydney from 1999-2004 and then director of circulation for Advertiser Newspapers in Adelaide from 2004-12.