Postmedia Network Names Top Executives

By: E&P Staff

Two days after the billion-dollar acquisition of Canwest’s newspapers, the new Canadian newspaper group, Postmedia Network Inc., identified its top executives.

“I didn’t have to look far to find the best in the business, and this group has a strong track record of working together,” Postmedia President and CEO Paul Godfrey, said in a July 15 statement announcing his executive team.

A 22-year industry veteran who has worked for four Canadian newspaper groups, Kirk Allen was named executive vice president of advertising sales, in charge of national advertising for all brands and platforms. Allen had been was senior vice president, advertising sales at Canwest. He previously served as advertising vice president for the National Post. Earlier, he held senior management positions at The Gazette, in Montreal.

Kevin Bent, Pacific Newspaper Group president since 2006, is also executive vice president, Western Canada. Besides his role overseeing British Columbia newspapers, he will expand his portfolio to include Postmedia Network’s Alberta properties. Previously, Bent was senior vice president at Canwest Media Sales. He earlier was sales vice president of the Ottawa Citizen. Before entering the newspaper industry, Bent spent 10 years in sales and marketing management at General Foods and Kraft General Foods.

Gordon Fisher takes on the role of president of the National Post and executive vice president Eastern Canada, overseeing operations in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec. Besides holding several positions, including publisher, at the National Post, Fisher has been a senior executive in many Canadian cities on both the editorial and business sides. He previously had been president of news and information for Canwest Global Communications Corp., editor-in-chief, general manager and publisher of the Ottawa Citizen, publisher of the Kingston (Ontario) Whig Standard and managing editor of the Vancouver Sun.

Chairing a special committee undertaking Postmedia Network’s transformation plan, Malcolm Kirk was appointed executive vice president of digital media, with responsibility for the strategic direction of Postmedia digital and online properties, with a digital-first mandate to expand the reach and return of newspaper Websites. Kirk also has oversight of Postmedia Network content, including its news wire and editorial service businesses. Formerly senior vice president and group publisher for Canwest’s Prairie region and publisher of its Calgary Herald, Kirk previously was that paper’s editor in chief. His 21 years in the industry have included senior editorial management roles at the San Francisco Examiner and The Province, Vancouver, B.C. Kirk began his career with the Montreal Gazette.

A mechanical engineer with a degree in business administration, Doug Lamb becomes chief financial officer and executive vice president. In addition to finance and business services, he oversees the IT, human resources and legal departments. Lamb, who held the same positions at Canwest since 2007, previously was CFO at Canwest Mediawork and corporate development vice president of Torstar Corp.’s Metroland community publishing business. Earlier in his career he held served in various financial roles at Hollinger International, and Southam.

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