Three key appointments to News leadership team

Three key appointments to News leadership teamFawcett (Left) and Mellor (Right) are two of the women taking new roles.

News Corp Australia has announced three new appointments to the leadership team of the company’s metro, regional and community publishing business.

Under the changes, Michelle D’Almeida, the former managing director of The Sunday Times and Perthnow, has resigned after 21 years with the company. Lou Barrett and Fiona Mellor will be promoted into new roles, while Emma Fawcett will join the leadership team of Damian Eales, the managing director of metro and regional publishing.

Ms Barrett has been appointed executive general manager of network sales. In this role she will oversee not only network sales, but revenue, partnerships, key accounts and agency sales. She joined the company last year as executive general manager of network partnerships from Network Ten, where she was executive general manager.

Ms Mellor is to become executive general manager of real estate and news community media, responsible for implementing real estate strategy across publishing titles. In the role, Ms Mellor will work closely with REA group, responsible for She will also join the board of the Community Newspaper Group. She was previously general manager of Leaders newspapers.

Ms Fawcett, general manager of NewsXtend, will join Mr Eales’ team to continue to spread digital marketing solutions through local sales teams. In the role, Ms Fawcett will also work closely with News DNA managing director Nicole Sheffield to maximise digital assets.

Ms D’Almeida has resigned from the company citing personal reasons. The decision follows the sale of The Sunday Times to Seven West Media. Ms D’Almeida will remain on the board of the Community Newspaper Group.

News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said: “As a business, it is important we continue to review and assess how we work, and identify the opportunities, talent and expertise to help reshape our business for the future.

“I am confident that these new roles will provide us with the leadership, vision and strategic thinking to guide our long-term success,” he said.

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