Fairfax has appointed its first female general manager to its regional paper the Illawarra Mercury, Corinne Whiteman.
The media giant has also appointed Lisa Rodgers (pictured right) as advertising manager of the paper, with both women beginning their new roles yesterday.
“There’s new energy at the Illawarra Mercury, which now boasts some of the best newsroom facilities of all our regional mastheads,” Rod Tremayne, Fairfax’s regional general manager for Canberra, Illawarra and Fairfax Community Newspapers, said.
“We are excited to have Corinne leading our passionate group of staff at the Illawarra Mercury who are committed to serving the local community through the important work they do.”
Of her role, Whiteman (pictured left) said: “I’m excited to be leading the Illawarra Mercury at a time when media is embracing new and evolving platforms.
“Our audiences are sophisticated and keen for news. We are focused on delivering the very best for them across all platforms and continuing our award-winning record. Last year for example, journalist Louise Turk was honoured in the Australian government’s National Youth Awards for her story on youth health services.
“There should be no doubt that the Illawarra Mercury has a strong future as we grow the masthead and continue with our involvement in the local community.”
Previously the new advertising manager Rodgers had been team manager at SEEK, as well as holding a state management position at News Limited’s CareerOne.
Of her appointment, Rodgers said: “I am starting with the Illawarra Mercury at a very exciting time.
“Fairfax Marketing Services has launched so we can offer a complete suite of media products plus a fast-growing mobile audience and more options online. Illawarra businesses have more choices than ever before.”