Mumbrella has started the year with a series of new hires as it prepares for further expansion in 2016.
Danika Porter: marketing head
Suzan Ryan: managing editor
Tomorrow sees the arrival of Mumbrella’s first head of marketing, Danika Porter. Porter was previously head of international marketing for media distribution and production company Beyond Distribution, where she has worked since 2008.
Another hire sees the appointment of experienced magazine editor Suzan Ryan into the new role of managing editor – production. Most recently Ryan was a segment producer with Nine’s Mornings show. Prior to that she worked on magazines such as Voyeur – the Virgin Australia in-flight magazine as an establishing editor, on Harper’s Bazaar as production editor, Australian Penthouse as managing editor, and editor of Intermedia’s business title Bars & Clubs magazine.
Simon Canning: marketing & advertising editor
Also joining Mumbrella’s editorial team after two months working for the company on a freelance basis is adland trade press veteran Simon Canning, who takes on the new role of marketing & advertising editor. Canning spent nine years as marketing and advertising writer with The Australian. He has also been news editor on AdNews and for eight years was editor of AdBrief, which is now part of Mumbrella’s subscription service The Source.
Both Canning and Ryan will report in to Mumbrella editor Alex Hayes.
Nic Christensen will move into the expanded role of media & technology editor.
Mumbrella’s Miranda Ward was promoted into the new role of public relations & publishing editor late last year. Her responsibilities include Mumbrella’s CommsCon and Publish newsletters, conferences and awards.
And chief reporter Steve Jones has moved to a freelance role, but will retain the title and continue to write for Mumbrella.
Other appointments late last year saw Mumbrella’s sales team go through significant expansion.
Seymour: National sales director
Simpson: Leading Melbourne sales
Victoria Seymour joined as sales director. She has previously worked for business publishers including Reed Business Information and UBM and most recently News Corp.
And Ashley Simpson has become Mumbrella’s first Victorian sales manager after previous roles including B&T magazine and Australian Doctor for RBI, Zest Healthcare and DDB Remedy.
Other new members of the sales team include account managers Alice Harwood – who joined from NZME – and Aneliese Hynes – who joined from News Corp – plus account executive Rebecca Martin-Bawden, who was previously with BBC Worldwide.
Meanwhile, Mumbrella is currently hunting for an associate publisher for its subscription business prospecting leads product The Source. Further details of the role are available here.