Movers and Shakers: Peter Zavecz, Nicole Sheffield, Lou Barrett and more

By AdNews | 26 August 2016

It's been a big week for News Corp this week, with three industry players coming on board. Check out all the hires, exits and promotions here:

PacMag's CEO Peter Zavecz exits, joins News Corp

CEO and MD of Seven West Media, Tim Worner, has confirmed that Peter Zavecz, the CEO of Pacific Magazines will exit the business next month. After weeks of speculation, News Corp has announced Zavecz will take on the new role of MD of commercial for the Herald and Weekly Times. Read more here.

Nicole Sheffield leaves CEO spot, joins News Corp digital network

Former NewsLifeMedia CEO Nicole Sheffield will now head News Corp’s new business arm, News Digital Networks Australia (News DNA). The move could confirm News Corp and NewsLifeMedia are set to merge, with the publishing arm now being left without a CEO, alongside a number of senior management changes on both sides. Read more here.

Former Network Ten GM Louise Barrett resurfaces at News Corp

Network Ten's Sydney GM Louise Barett has resurfaced at News Corp in a string of new management shifts. Barrett left Ten in May of this year after three years at the network. She joins News Corp in the newly created role of executive GM network partnerships, as part of a new network sales leadership models, which aims to strengthen the company's commitment to its advertising clients. Barrett has previously held roles at Nine, Bauer and Macquarie Radio Network.

Nova COO Louise Higgins exits

Nova Entertainment chief operating officer (COO) Louise Higgins has left the company after six years. Higgins, who also oversaw operations of Nova's Melbourne stations in her role as COO, is leaving the company to pursue a new career direction. As a result, Nova Sydney sales director Peter Colosimo has been appointed to the role of Melbourne GM as of 1 September. Read more here.

Ian Perrin to lead new breed Clemenger media agency, Speed

Clemenger BBDO is launching a new breed media agency called Speed, led by former ZenithOptimedia CEO Ian Perrin. Speed has been designed to take on ‘slow, predictable and non-transparent’ practices of media agencies and bring media and creative closer together. It will “merge media and message” applying real-time data, adaptive planning techniques and flexible investment strategies. Read more here.

RadiumOne names managing director for ANZ

RadiumOne has announced the promotion of Adam Furness to managing director ANZ, a new position for the Australian arm of the business. Furness will be taking the ANZ operation over from APAC managing director Kerry McCabe. Furness joined RadiumOne in 2014 and has over 16 years experience in advertising and media across digital, radio and TV.

Phil Nobay pushes on - to Ogilvy

Phil Nobay, who was most recently creative director of digital agency Publicis Pusher, has joined Ogilvy Brisbane as executive creative director, and part of its leadership team. Nobay, who is the brother of Marcel CEO David Nobay, has also held senior roles at Clemenger BBDO, EuroRSCG and McCann-Erickson, TBWA\GGT, Wunderman Y&R and Grey in London. Nobay replaces Jonathan Drapes who left the agency, which is part of WPP AUNZ, to pursue personal projects.

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