Bauer appoints new CEO

Bauer Media Australia and New Zealand has appointed David Goodchild as chief executive following the announcement yesterday that current CEO Matthew Stanton will leave to take up a position with Woolworths.

Mr Goodchild, chief executive pf H. Bauer Publishing in the UK, will take on the Australasian role while maintaining his responsibilities in Britain.

Publisher Yvonne Bauer said she was delighted to have secured Mr Goodchild for the management of the company’s Australia and New Zealand business.

“Mr Goodchild is an outstanding media manager who will successfully intensify the further development of the Australian and New Zealand locations,” she said.

“I’d also like to thank Matthew Stanton for his commitment and his key contribution towards the integration of Bauer Australia into our company.”


Outgoing Bauer Media CEO Matt Stanton. Photo: supplied

It is not yet known what role Mr Stanton will take on at Woolworths, only that he was “leaving the organisation of his own accord in order to take up a fresh challenge in a senior role”.

Mr Goodchild described the additional role as “a unique and exciting opportunity”.

“The commitment shown by Yvonne Bauer in 2012 when investing in Australia’s largest magazine publisher was an exciting development for the group,” he said.  “I am very proud to be part of that development and privileged to be leading the company into the future.”

Bauer Media publishes more than 60 magazines across Australia including The Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day, both the most successful monthly and weekly titles respectively, as well as Dolly, Cosmopolitan, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Australian House & Garden and TV Week.

It also publishes more than 30 titles, or around 35 million magazines a year in New Zealand, and a range of bilingual and digital media in Hong Kong.

Mr Goodchild started his career at Bauer in distribution in 1993, going on to launch and publish several magazines including the UK’s largest magazine, TV Choice.

He has been chief executive role at H. Bauer Publishing since 2004. In 2007 he led the creation of the UK’s largest combined publishing and radio group with the acquisition of Bauer’s other UK business, Bauer Media.

He will take on the role in Australia and New Zealand from January 5, 2015.

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