Veteran print executive Bob Lockley will retire as Fairfax Media’s group director, print and distribution, following a 33-year career in the industry.
Mr Lockley began at Cumberland Newspapers at Parramatta, in western Sydney, where he spent 18 years climbing through the ranks from compositor to production manager. He then joined Rural Press in Windsor as general manager of printing, remaining until the company merged with Fairfax in 2007.
Following the merger, Mr Lockley became Fairfax’s CEO of printing – successfully leading the restructure of company’s printing model.
In 2015, he oversaw the conclusion or a series of changes designed to save the publisher 60 per cent of total print costs. The changes included the transfer of print production from Tullamarine to Ballarat in Victoria, and Chullora to North Richmond in New South Wales.
Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood reflected on Mr Lockley’s achievements in a note to staff.
“Under Bob’s leadership, Fairfax embraced cutting-edge production methods and rationalised our printing footprint. His successful closure of Tullamarine and Chullora was instrumental in setting our publishing business on the road to a sustainable future. Bob has also built us a successful commercial printing business,” Mr Hywood said.
Mr Lockley also was highly active in industry bodies relating to print, leading the Single Width User Group in 1990 and acting as a board member of the Australian Catalogue Association, the Pressgang Committee and Environmental Advisory Group.
Mr Lockley will finish up at the end of November, with all direct reports going to Allen Williams, managing director of publishing transition.
Mr Williams will also be managing Australian Community Media staff following the resignation of ACM director John Angilley last week.