Friday, February 10, 2012

Tony Fisk stepping down from Harper Collins NZ

HarperCollins Announces:
After a 40 year career in publishing both in New Zealand and the UK, Tony Fisk has announced that he will step down from the role of Managing Director of HarperCollins NZ in April.
 Michael Moynahan CEO HarperCollins ANZ said, “There are so very few occasions when a company is able to acknowledge such a significant and long standing contribution as that which Tony Fisk has made on behalf of HarperCollins.  For many years, Tony Fisk and HarperCollins New Zealand have been synonymous and the way he has guided this business through an enormous amount of change is a tribute to his capacity as both a manager and a publisher.  HarperCollins New Zealand will measure the loss of Tony’s guidance and our industry has greatly benefited from his energy and creativity over the years.  I want to take this moment to personally thank Tony and wish him the very best for what the future holds.
 Tony Fisk said, “I feel very blessed to have had a wonderful career in publishing spanning 40 years – 39 of them with the same company. During my time I have met and worked with some wonderful people – colleagues, authors and booksellers and have made many dear friends. Obviously our industry is going through huge change but I really feel extremely positive about its future. The thrill of successfully connecting the creative talent of authors with readers is something that is very special and I don’t feel will ever diminish”
 Tony and his wife, Pat, intend to relocate to the UK to spend time exploring their homeland.

HarperCollins is also pleased to announce:
HarperCollins Publishers is pleased to announce Graham Mitchell, Financial Controller, HarperCollins New Zealand, has been promoted to the role of General Manager of HarperCollins New Zealand. 

Graham worked for HarperCollins UK in London from 1996 to the end of 2001. He emigrated to New Zealand and joined HarperCollins NZ in April 2002.   CEO, Michael Moynahan, said “Graeme has worked alongside Tony Fisk for many years as Financial Controller and has brought to that role a range of business and managerial skills that will stand the company in good stead as it embarks on future developments.    HarperCollins New Zealand is a creative and energetic business which prides itself on its publishing excellence and its responsibility to its authors, customers and the industry and I have no doubt that the appointment will reinforce the commitment we have to publishing in New Zealand.”


Anonymous said...

What a shame. This leaves only one quality individual in charge of a multinational in New Zealand...

Bookman Beattie said...

I do not agree at all with your suggestion that "this leaves only one quality individual in charge of a multin-national in NZ" but I do wish that publishing companies would appoint folk with a publishing and or marketing/sales background to these roles rather than those with a finance/accounting background.