Former Crikey publisher Amanda Gome has bounced back from her dismissal as boss of Private Media to take on a new role at Fairfax Media’s Financial Review Group.
Gome will be publisher of BRW, Smart Investor and Asset Magazine. Her appointment will lead to a delay in the relaunch of BRW magazine while she gets to grips with her new brief, the company said.
Gome was axed by the board of Private Media last month. As well as Crikey, Private Media also publishes Smart Company and Women’s Agenda.
FRG’s CEO Brett Clegg announced the new role. He said in the statement: “Amanda has an extraordinary track record in building brands that resonate across all media and meet audience and advertiser needs. We are thrilled that she is available to join our team to drive our brands more aggressively in the digital age.
“I’ve admired Amanda professionally for a long time and it is a tremendous boost having such a great and passionate leader join FRG as we continue through a period of transition and reinvention. Amanda has also been an amazing role model for women journalists and media professionals.”
FRG’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael Stutchbury, said: “Amanda is clearly an outstanding media executive, entrepreneur and journalist. We’ve already had stimulating discussions about the opportunities at FRG publications. She is over-flowing with ideas.”
Gome said: “The next step for me wasn’t another digital media start-up but to innovate within a great creative company that is building a digital future while ensuring their print publications remain the best in the industry.”
Gome began her journalism career at News Limited and then joined Fairfax. She worked at BRW for more than a decade before leaving to start online site Smart Company, which later moved into the Private Media stable.
She said: “My experience at Private Media has made me extremely positive about the future of media. I am looking forward to working alongside some of the best people in the industry as we transition to a multiplatform world.”
Gome starts on Monday.
The announcement added: “Mr Clegg noted that given this appointment, the re-launch of BRW magazine, its website and a new iPad app would now occur post-Australia Day to allow her to get across the thinking and planning.”