Mary Ann Azer exits Magazine Networks as publishers take control

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 30 January 2018
Mary Ann Azer

Magazine Networks executive director Mary Ann Azer will depart the business as Pacific Magazines, Bauer Media and NewsLifeMedia take control of the body.

Magazine Networks was formed in 1995, previously known as The Association of Magazine Publishers of Australia (MPA), and represents Australian publishers of consumer, cover-priced and nationally distributed magazines.

It's main aim is to enhance the perception of magazines as a communication channel and showcase the innovation made in the category.

The board includes chairman and CEO of Pacific Magazines Gereurd Roberts, CEO of Bauer Media Paul Dykzeul, and Fiona Nilsson, director of food, at NewsLifeMedia.

Roberts says the publishers will now take a more active, collaborative role in the future running and direction of the body.

“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," he says.

“I look forward to working more closely with Dykzeul and Nicole Sheffield 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."

He thanked Azer for her four years spent at Magazine Networks.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for Magazine Networks and all that we have achieved, and am looking forward to my next challenge," Azer adds.

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