Movings/Shakings: 23 March

Musical chairs

The Commercial Communications Council has appointed Samantha Osborne, managing director of Mindshare, to the position of chair of its media committee.

For the past five years, Osborne has sat on the committee and contributed to a number of strategic projects.

She will bring a range of perspectives to the position of chair, having worked on both agency and media owner side, starting at TVNZ. Since then she has worked at Universal McCann, PHD, Ogilvy & Mather and ZenithOptimedia Worldwide, based in London.

Paul Head, chief executive of the Communications Council, says they are delighted to be able to announce her appointment as chair.

“The media landscape is evolving rapidly and I’m looking forward to working with her as the Media Committee endeavours to navigate the changing world.”

Samantha replaces Louise Bond, chief executive of PHD, who has been chair since 2015.

Paul Head thanked Bond for her significant contribution.

“Louise has done an amazing job chairing the media committee over the past few years and her leadership and guidance of the group has made a genuine difference for our members.”

Marketing movements

L-R: Regan Savage, Emma Watson and Stuart Yorston.

The Marketing Association has announced the results of the 2018 MA Board and special interest group elections.

Regan Savage, general manager of marketing communications at KiwiBank (who will be taking up the marketing director position at Trade Me early April), has been elected as a new board member for the 2018 to 2020 term.

About the new member, chief executive of the Marketing Association Tony Mitchell says: “Regan is a marketing leader with extensive experience of leading teams to deliver effective, innovative and award-winning marketing campaigns and will make invaluable contributions as a board member.” 

Re-appointed for the same period is chief commercial officer of Fronde Emma Watson, while general manager of Sealord Stuart Yorston has been appointed.

They join marketing and publicity manager, communications and engagement at Auckland Council (chair) Jo Boerema-Barr; founder and managing partner of Rainger & Rolfe Ltd Ant Rainger; executive director of Anthem Vincent Heeringa; managing director of DBF Digital Boyd Wason; and director of Energise Consulting Rosina Webb.

As well as announcing the new members, Boerema-Barr acknowledges and thanks departing members chief executive of Cigna Life Insurance Lance Walker, who was chair for two out of his three-year term, and chief executive of REINZ Ltd Bindi Norwell who has finished her two-year term.

“Both have been pivotal in their contributions to building a strong association,” says Boerema-Barr.

The MA also welcomes new members to its special interest groups. A full list can be found here: www.marketing.org.nz/Network

New national role 

Bernadette Courtney is leaving her role as central editor-in-chief, including the editorship of The Dominion Post, to take up a new national role with Stuff as editor-in-chief – newsrooms.

On Courtney’s LinkedIn page, she says it was “a wonderful adventure and an absolute privilege” to have done nearly a decade at The Dominion Post

Stuff editorial director Mark Stevens said he was lucky to have an editor of Courtney’s calibre in the newly-created role of editor in chief – newsrooms.

“As a long-standing journalist and editor, she is well regarded across our newsrooms, our business and the wider industry.”

Courtney will oversee all of Stuff’s local newsrooms outside of Auckland, as well as the Sunday Star-Times. She will continue to lead Stuff’s shift to compact newspapers, which will launch at the end of next month.

Her previous role as central editor-in-chief included the editorship of The Dominion Post and a replacement will be sought for her in the capital.


Journalist Rebecca Macfie has announced she has left The New Zealand Listener. 

On her Twitter account, she wrote: “Signing off from @nzlistener today after 11 action-packed years – GFC, earthquakes, Pike River, water quality, wildfires… and the biggest story of all, climate change. Thanks to my great colleagues, and to the Listener’s loyal, curious and engaged readers.”

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