The chief executive of NewsLifeMedia, Nicole Sheffield, today announced the appointment of Nick Smith (left) as publisher – home and lifestyle group at NewsLifeMedia.
In his new role Smith, will be the publisher responsible for GQ Australia, Australian Golf Digest, Big League, Country Style, Vogue Living, Gardening Australia, InsideOut and homelife.com.au and will drive the commercial opportunities, brand development extensions and multi-platform strategies across the respective titles. He will continue to hold the position of editor-in-chief of the GQ Australia properties.
“I’m very excited that Nick is stepping up and taking on the challenge of publisher for our home and lifestyle brands. Nick has been an excellent editor of GQ and his experience in marketing and research as well as editorial, makes him a fantastic appointment and a publisher for the future of our business,” said Sheffield.
“I’ve grown up in the magazine industry and learnt from some very talented men and women. It's been amazing and at times a little crazy. I'm now looking forward to sharing that wisdom with my teams and making these already great brands we have, even better,” said Smith. “Times are tough, and we've got some work to do but we can be comforted in the fact that the Australian passion to live an enriched life never ceases. If we work to deliver the best lifestyle content to our audience in the way that they want it delivered, then we can't fail.”
Nick Smith has been the editor of premium men's lifestyle title GQ Australia for four years, in which time he has steered the title to become the leader in its category. He has also driven revenue growth and awareness for the prestige international brand in the Australian market through successful brand extensions in GQStyle (a bi-annual men's fashion magazine), GQ.com.au and marquee event, the GQ Men of the Year Awards. In 2011, Smith received industry recognition for his work on GQ Australia and was awarded Editor of the Year by industry body Publishers Australia.