News Corp Australia’s man at the top, Peter Tonagh, has nabbed three new appointments for the company’s executive team.
Vicki Aristidopoulos (pictured) has been appointed to the new role of group director, real estate and home; Sharb Farjami has been promoted to the new role of chief commercial officer – network sales and the CEO of The Australian, Nicholas Gray, will also now sit on the company’s executive team.
Aristidopoulos starts in her new role on February 22, while Farjami and Gray’s promotions are effective immediately.
In her new role Aristidopoulos will focus on developing and implementing the company’s strategy for home and real estate, and coordinating News Corp Australia’s portfolio of assets.
“The creation of this new role will ensure that we have a single executive that co-ordinates this critical part of our business,” Tonagh said.
“I am delighted that Vicki has accepted the role. She joins us after a noteworthy career in key marketing roles at Fairfax, Commsec and Foxtel, and will bring new focus and drive to our real estate initiatives.”
Aristidopoulos’ career spans to include stints with Foxtel as head of direct marketing and then head of brand & direct, and executive manager, media, brand and acquisition marketing at CommSec.
In his new expanded role, Farjami will be responsible for all aspects of News Corp Australia’s relationships with large, national advertising clients.
“It is clear that the demands of our large scale, national advertising clients are evolving very differently to the needs of our smaller local advertisers and require a dedicated focus,” Tonagh said of his appointment.
“So I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sharb to the broader role of chief commercial officer, network sales. Sharb will work closely with all divisions of our business including metro, regional and community titles as well as The Australian and NewsLifeMedia.”
Farjami joined News Corp Australia in 2014 from Mindshare, where he had been chief operating officer since 2013 and chief exchange officer before that.