Examiner welcomes new GM
STEVE Hutton, pictured, has crossed the Tasman Sea from a stellar newspaper career in New Zealand to lead The Daily Examiner and Coastal Views as our new General Manager.
Hutton, 30, last year was named APN News & Media's inaugural Young Executive of the Year in recognition of outstanding sales at The Northern Advocate in Northland on New Zealand's North Island.
Chief Operating Officer (APN Regional Newspapers-Australia) Mark Jamieson said this was testament to Hutton's ability to drive local businesses' value, image and marketability. Later in 2006, he will use that APN prize to travel to the country of his birth, the United Kingdom, and the United States, for an intensive study tour of regional newspapers.
Hutton studied business at Liverpool's John Moores College before carving out an early career in retail banking. He was a sales and service manager for National Westminster Bank in his twenties before meeting his future wife Hayley, who is from a rural background in Northland. The couple has two young daughters, Holly, 4, and Brooke, aged 20 months.
Hutton said he was excited to be given the opportunity to further grow one of Australia's oldest and best performing dailies in the Clarence Valley, a region with so much potential. He replaces Steve Portas, who after six years at the helm, has moved from Grafton to Lismore to become The Northern Star's deputy general manager.