Seven West executive Liam Roche to step down

Seven West Media’s chief operating officer Liam Roche has announced he will step down next month.

Mr Roche served in the role for a year, and previously had been the general manager of group operations and information technology at West Australian Newspapers for 10 years.

He has taken an early retirement package and will leave the company on July 3.

“Liam’s belief in The West has seen him dedicate 33 years of his career to the company. He has been instrumental in driving production strategies and efficiencies across various business units,” Seven West Media chief executive Chris Wharton said in a statement.

Mr Roche has led the $200 million Herdsman printing press and publishing equipment upgrade in 2006 and 2007, which Mr Wharton said was one of the most significant projects the company has undertaken.

He has also led the Newspaper House building project and a range of newspaper system upgrades and improvements to newsprint procurement arrangements.

Mr Wharton said Mr Roche’s ability to lead these projects was down to “his meticulous planning and ability to harness his teams to implement initiatives.”

Mr Roche said he loved every moment of his time at West Australian Newspapers. “It’s been a wonderful company to work for over the years,” he said.

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