After the announcement only earlier this month that Jackie Frank would be departing Pacific Magazines, Frank was farewelled by friends and colleagues on Friday.
For her last day on the Seven West Media payroll, Frank arrived at the Media City Pacific HQ around midday and spent time with her teams who remembered the highlights from her 23 years with the publisher.
The marie claire team presented Jackie Frank with a marie claire wrap-around featuring the magazine’s founding editor on the cover with headlines that included:
Workplace wars: “No one’s getting my office”
Don’t Ask, Don’t Get: The slogan that defined a career
An accompanying letter from her peeps at Pac described Frank as everything from passionate publisher, TV titan, fierce fashionista to relentless networker, office screamer, public crier, amazing mentor and badass boss.
Later in the afternoon there was a more formal send-off around 4pm with all the teams assembling from the magazines that Frank was general manager of – the titles that sit within the fashion, beauty and health division.
There were quite a few tears as speakers includes marie claire’s Nicky Briger and Better Homes & Gardens’ Julia Zaetta as well as a few words too from Frank.
The farewell then moved down the road to Fratelli Alexandria, which has seen a procession of farewells for Pacific staff. One of the biggest previously was last year’s farewell for departing CEO Peter Zavecz.
Guests at the farewell drinks (and accompanying Fratelli pizzas) included Franks’ husband Steve Rosanove, plus Pacific colleagues Julia Zaetta, Louisa Hatfield, Nicky Briger, Mychelle Vanderburg, Melissa Gaudron, Kirsten Rowlingson and Hannah Devereux. Pacific CFO Guy Torre made it back from a Seven West Media meeting day, as did Seven West Media commercial director Bruce McWilliam.
Also attending was Seven’s Morning Show EP Sarah Stinson and very recently departed Seven crime show EP Mark Llewellyn, who rode his new electric bike to the bar from the eastern suburbs.
Frank was presented with a massive bunch of flowers and a huge card. She broke her alcohol-free diet and downed a number of Espresso Martinis, which kept the bar staff busy.
Top photo – Jackie Frank and friends at Fratelli [L-R]: Hannah Devereux, Julia Zaetta, Bruce McWilliam, Nicky Briger, Jackie, Sarah Stinson, Alicia Moodley and Louisa Hatfield