NZME’s Jane Hastings calls it a day

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APN News & Media has this morning announced the resignation of Jane Hastings as ceo of NZME, and the appointment of current NZME chief financial officer, Michael Boggs as her replacement, effective Friday 8 April.

“Jane Hastings has been with the APN Group since May 2012 leading TRN to strong growth, and in her current role since September 2014 where she led the successful formation of NZME,” said Sydney-based APN ceo Ciaran Davis.

He thanked Hastings for her contribution to the success of NZME, leading the strategy and successful merger and integration programme which he said has transformed the business into an audiencecentric, content‐driven media and entertainment business.

“Jane successfully led the strategy and merger of NZME, which had never been done before, to result in a fully integrated content and multiplatform media business,” he said. “This places the business at the cutting edge in delivering media and entertainment content. The integrated content creation and sales proposition, offering clients multi‐platform solutions and creating strong growth in new revenue streams, is delivering commercial success.”

Jane Hastings said her decision to resign was difficult to make, but it was time to pursue other opportunities.

“I am extremely proud of achieving the transformation goals set for NZME and I have complete confidence in the future of the business,” she said.

“I have worked with an incredible team of people at NZME who are all exceptionally talented and dedicated. I am also delighted to have a strong executive team and to be able to see the successor appointed from within the team will ensure the momentum continues.

“NZME is well positioned for the future with the business organised into new verticals of news, sport and entertainment, which are delivering strong audience growth and content leverage leading to new commercial revenues. I am confident that the momentum is there for NZME to continue to grow its audiences and expand its content‐driven offering.”

Michael Boggs is currently chief financial officer of NZME, a role he has held since March 2015. He has over 30 years’ management, financial and commercial experience across the media, elecommunications and insurance industries.

“With an excellent understanding of NZME’s businesses combined with astute leadership and management experience, Michael is the natural successor to Jane,” said Ciaran Davis.

Michael Boggs said: “I am delighted to be continuing the positive momentum Jane has started in transforming NZME into an integrated media powerhouse. I look forward to working with NZME’s management team and staff, together with the APN Board, in realising NZME’s potential.”

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