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New GMs appointed to Warwick and Gympie

Posted by | April 1, 2012 | Other Information

Two of APN’s most dedicated staff have decided to give their careers a fresh impetus by accepting new roles within the company.

Bruce Partridge and Peter Read will soon be taking on new and exciting challenges with Peter taking up the position of General Manager of the Gympie Business Unit and Bruce moving into Peter’s now vacated position as General Manager at Warwick.

Peter Read has spent five successful years at the Warwick Daily News and Stanthorpe Border Post, helping oversee the major restructure of the Warwick Daily News. A strong advocate of the local Warwick community, Peter and his family have been involved in many local groups and programs including the Warwick Rotary Club – which Peter was a past president – the Warwick Tourism and Events, the Warwick Business Excellence Awards and the Warwick Council’s International Relations Committee. Not one to waste idle time, Peter’s interests outside of work include regular workouts at the gym (including a Friday morning boxing class with a number of the Warwick staff), bushwalking, golf, tennis and cycling. Peter will be joined by his wife, Bronwyn, in Gympie when their current home is sold.

A 40-year APN veteran, Bruce spent 35 years in Coffs Harbour working within print management and advertising sales before heading to Queensland in 2002. Working throughout the company’s Queensland sites, Bruce will move to Warwick after excelling in positions at the Bundaberg NewsMail (Media Advertising Manager) and the Fraser Coast Chronicle (Media Advertising Manager). However, his newspaper management career started with South Burnett Times Group back in 2002 when it included the Western Times, Balonne Beacon and both North and South Burnett Times publications. These country paid titles were highly profitable and Bruce still looks back fondly on a very satisfying time. “It wasn’t unusual to drive 400km to St George, have meetings or interviews and possibly drive another 400km to Charleville to do the same there and then home 600km the following day,” he said.

“It was a great introduction to the unique outback landscape and fantastic people of Queensland. Despite the many major shifts in both location and working environments, Bruce said he had picked up many skills which will help him thrive in his new role at The Daily News. “Staff thrive on empowerment and encouragement, either 600km away or in the next room,” he said. “I will admit to being excited about working back in a more rural landscape at Warwick, with my love of horses and rural lifestyle it will be a pleasure.”

Peter and Bruce take up their respective roles on Monday March 12.

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