Hachette to Reorganize Production, Manufacturing Systems
Changes follow retirement of company veteran Tony Romano.
Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. this week announced plans to restructure its production and manufacturing systems, following the retirement of manufacturing and distribution senior vice president Tony Romano, who had been with the company for three decades.
According to an HFMUS spokesperson, Romano’s retirement created an opportunity to break the manufacturing and distribution process into its “natural” two areas: the functions leading to the printing process, and the actual printing and distribution of the magazines.
The reorganization includes the creation of a new consumer marketing and manufacturing department, which will comprise areas involved in the printing and distribution process, including the consumer marketing, production and cost control, traffic, postal and photo studio teams. The department will be led by Tom Masterson, who adds manufacturing to his previous title of senior vice president of consumer marketing.
Another new department, dedicated to vendor management, will also be created. The department will include the paper purchasing team and will be headed by a senior vice president and chief officer. That role is expected to be filled in the next few weeks, the company says.
As part of a realignment that began months ago, the teams involved with systems leading to the printing process—including pre-press operations—will become part of the IT department, the company says. Last year, HFMUS’ editorial systems team was moved from manufacturing and distribution to IT.