Bat­tle over as magazine queen stands aside

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

It was an emo­tional and teary Jackie Frank who an­nounced her de­par­ture from magazine pub­lisher Pa­cific Pub­li­ca­tions on Fri­day.

The of­fi­cial word was Frank (right) had “re­signed” from a role she loved as much as power pony­tails, a good cleanse and pas­sion­ate de­bate, but magazine sources on Fri­day claimed Frank has been bat­tling her male bosses at the pub­lish­ing house since 2014 when she was re­placed at the helm of the magazine she founded in 1995, marie claire.

In 2014 she be­came group pub­lisher of fash­ion and health ti­tles at Pa­cific, ad­mit­ting the move­ment at the top of the com­pany had come as a sur­prise.

She ac­cepted it say­ing she was go­ing to “roll up my sleeves now and get on with it” but not without first mak­ing a ter­ri­to­rial claim.

Ex­ec­u­tives wanted to re­lo­cate Frank to the ex­ec­u­tive floor but she re­fused, telling them their floor was too bor­ing and re­mained in her marie claire of­fice, leav­ing in­com­ing ed­i­tor Nicky Briger with no of­fice at all. The com­pany ended up build­ing a small of­fice for Briger in the op­po­site cor­ner.

By 2016 the in­dus­try was buzzing with talk Frank had thrown her name into the ring for a crack at the CEO role at Pa­cific fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Peter Zavecz, who left for News Corp. She was over­looked for a younger man when the job went to for­mer gen­eral man­ager of Pa­cific, Gereurd Roberts.

On Fri­day she said in a pre­pared state­ment: “My proud­est achieve­ment has been the op­por­tu­nity to cham­pion women’s is­sues while helm­ing Marie Claire through ground­break­ing cam­paigns such as gen­der equal­ity, paid ma­ter­nity leave, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and de­pres­sion — and right now these and re­lated is­sues are more rel­e­vant and im­por­tant than ever.”

She fin­ishes at Pa­cific on March 16.

Frank is the lat­est in­flu­en­tial woman to be shed from the women’s magazine in­dus­try and been re­placed by a man.

Bauer pub­lisher Jayne Fer­gu­son left her role as gen­eral man­ager of women’s life­style and en­ter­tain­ment pub­lish­ing at Bauer on Fe­bru­ary 2. Her role has been ab­sorbed by Bauer CEO Paul Dykzeul.

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