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Bauer announces number of executive changes

Brendon Hill, Tanya Walshe, Paul Gardiner and Michael Fuyala will all move into new roles as Bauer announces a string of executive changes.

The moves follow on from the recent departure of chief executive Paul Dykzeul, who has moved across to Australia to take on the role of chief executive of Bauer Media Australia.   

Brendon Hill has been appointed managing director of Bauer New Zealand, effective immediately. The executive team will report to him and he retains his publishing responsibilities for Bauer’s current affairs titles. Hill has been with Bauer for 11 years, joining the New Zealand team in 2015 from Australia, where he was the publisher of over thirty magazines and their associated digital sites, events and brand extensions. 

Meanwhile, Gardiner has been promoted to the role of Bauer commercial director in Australia.

He will be relocating to Sydney with his family to lead a sales division of over 140 staff and take overall responsibility for advertising revenue across more than 40 brands and all sales territories in that market.

“This is a massive step-up and a well-deserved promotion that is testament to the success and creativity of the New Zealand advertising team under Paul’s leadership over this past decade,” Dykzeul says. 

Bauer is currently on the hunt for a replacement for Gardiner. In the meantime, Kaylene Hurley, the current agency sales manager, will assume the role of acting commercial director.

Another change involves Walshe, who has been promoted to general manager of publishing and insights. She will lead the publishing responsibilities at Bauer New Zealand, taking over 17 brands across women’s entertainment, women’s lifestyle, fashion, and home and food. In addition, she expands her research and insights remit with both the New Zealand and Australian teams reporting into her.

There are also changes in the editorial team, with Sarah Henry, Shelley Ferguson and Sido Kitchin promoted to editorial directors across brand portfolios.

Michael Fuyala, head of digital, will spearhead a focus on innovation, partnerships and new product development through the newly formed Bauer Labs division. He will also continue to be responsible for driving audience and revenue growth across the Bauer digital network heading up Bauer Media’s digital team.

Jason Hussey will assume management responsibility for Property Press from October 30 and will report directly into Paul Dykzeul.

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