Arrivals & Departures: NZ Geographic ed steps aside, folds Pro-Photo mag; Adshel Wellington powers up

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New Zealand Geographic founding editor James Frankham has resigned – but will stay on at Kowhai Media as publisher and photo editor. Deputy editor Rebekah White has been appointed to replace him as ed of NZ Geo.

White’s been at Kowhai Media since 2014. She was previously deputy ed of Good magazine.

Kowhai Media has also decided to fold Pro Photographer bi-monthly magazine (which has been edited by White) due to declining sales.

The bi-monthly photography magazine and online platform, which launched in 2013, catered toward those in the “shrinking” photography business and was edited by White.

Adshel Wellington in trio of hires
Adshel today announced a series of appointments in the Wellington office to support what it calls “the continued expansion of its footprint of static and digital street furniture across the country”.

The Wellington office, which manages all New Zealand business from Taupo south as well as Australian-related business, reports that it has experienced rapid growth over the past few years which has delivered outstanding results for the business, leading to changes in the management structure.

Wellington group sales manager and head of national trading Phil Lucy has been promoted to fulltime head of revenue & media services.

‘Hard act to follow’
Adshel sales & marketing director Ben Gibb said: “Phil has been a stalwart of the Adshel business in Wellington for the past 12 years. His promotion is both an indication of an increasingly important strategic pillar for Adshel and an acknowledgement of Phil’s track record and intimate understanding of our business.”

Simon Paul, currently Adshel Auckland group sales manager, will now relocate to the capital to take up the Wellington group sales manager role left vacant by Phil Lucy’s promotion.

“Simon brings a wealth of media experience and a deep understanding of Adshel’s business to the Wellington market,” Gibb said. “Phil’s a hard act to follow but having someone of Simon’s calibre to take up the reins adds a lot of firepower to our Wellington business”.

Christchurch, too
In addition to Wellington and regional clients, Simon Paul will take the lead on all Christchurch business.

In a further boost to the Wellington team, Lisa Lee has been promoted to senior account manager. “Lee joined Adshel in April 2014 as an account manager and this promotion is recognition of the strong contribution she has made to the growth of Adshel’s Wellington business in the past two years,” Gibb said.

“As Phil has been focusing on national trading responsibilities, Lisa has stepped up and really led the charge in the Wellington market. She has built great client relationships and the results that she has delivered are outstanding.”

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