Fairfax Metro promotes David Hoath to COO

By By David Blight | 5 July 2012
David Hoath

Fairfax Metro Media has promoted CEO and publisher of Melbourne publishing David Hoath to chief operating officer, as the company continues to restructure.

Hoath will report directly to Fairfax Metro Media chief Jack Matthews. As a result of the appointment, the role of publisher will no longer exist.

Matthew told staff in an internal email: “The new COO role will play a critical part in the redesign and reinvigoration of our print mastheads. The COO role will also be responsible for the day to day running of the mastheads, including centralised circulation strategy and sales, manufacturing, distribution and facility management.

Five new roles will report to the COO position – operations directors for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, as well as a production director and a director of circulation and newspaper sales.

Meanwhile, Metro Media's COO for digital media Gautam Mishra has been appointed as strategy director for the group. He will also report to Matthews.

Matthews said: “In this role he will be responsible for the overall strategy for the Metro division and will provide guidance to each of the functional areas on their specific strategies. Gautam will also lead our efforts to diversify revenues through new partnerships and investments and will continue to play a key role in the implementation of critical strategic projects for the Metro division.”

The changes are part of Fairfax's far-reaching Fairfax of the Future program, which has seen the company's newsrooms adopting new models and plans for the retrenchment of 1,900 staff.

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