Postmedia names executive team, EIC, publisher

National Post editor-in-chief
Doug Kelly will become the paper’s new publisher while deputy editor
Steve Meurice will take over as editor. Postmedia Network also announced
its new executive team.

Marketing Magazine reports:

“Former National Post publisher Gordon Fisher has been named president of the paper and the company’s executive vice-president, Eastern Canada. On the ad sales side, Kirk Allen, formerly senior vice-president, advertising sales of Canwest LP, was named executive vice-president, advertising sales.

“Kelly, who became editor-in-chief in 2005, said the fact management chose to promote from within is recognition that the paper is on the right track. “Our job is to continue to build on the successes we’ve had, and we’ve had a lot of successes in recent years, and continue to effect change,” he said. “I don’t think change comes from just bringing in outside people. I’ve certainly been changing this newsroom in the last five years as editor, moving in what I’m confident is the right direction and I intend to build on that.” ”

Doug Lamb was named CFO and executive vice president, overseeing IT, human resources and legal, Malcolm Kirk, former VP publisher of Canwest’s Prairie Region is now executive VP, digital media, and Kevin Bent is now executive VP Western Canada in addition to his current role as president of Pacific Newspaper Group.

Marketing Magazine adds:

“Postmedia Network president and CEO Paul Godfrey has repeatedly talked about the new company’s direction and the “digital-first” philosophy it will pursue across its media properties. Kelly said the Post is completely on-board and will continue its push to adapt itself to the new media landscape.

” “This is a very integrated operation and we’re just looking to push it further,” he said. “I have the confidence that we’re all clear on what this newspaper has to do, both in terms of its position in the market and the move to digital. We’re in the midst of making a lot of changes, in terms of a more integrated newsroom, a more integrated approach to digital ad staff and advertising and just pushing this paper where we see the business going.” ”