Ad guru leaves after 'short-term' gig

03:29, May 31 2014
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FAREWELL: The Southland Times advertising manager Lyn Frisby is leaving the company after more than 30 years.

In the late 1970s, Lyn Frisby joined her father at work at The Southland Times, expecting to help out answering phones during the odd lunchtime.

It was supposed to be a short-term gig.

More than 30 years later, she is finally saying farewell.

While her latest role has been as advertising manager, in the nearly four decades with the company she has worn several hats.

Starting by helping out her father, former advertising manager Bob Wills, who himself spent 43 years with The Southland Times, she moved into a role as a sales representative in 1984 and quickly advanced through the various areas of advertising, including supplements, retail and display sales.

The roles have been wide and varied, and she had enjoyed her time immensely, Frisby said. "It's been an incredible journey."

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The highlight had been meeting and working with a great team of people and clients, she said.

"I have been involved in many events and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience."

Advertising was an amazing industry to be involved in, and its constantly changing nature had suited her inner adrenaline junkie, she said.

Southland Times commercial manager Sue Gregory said Frisby had become a trusted and revered member of the Southland Times family and a well-respected member of the business community.

"It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside Lyn. She has been an asset to the management team and the division."

Frisby said she planned to spend a few months taking a break before looking for new opportunities.

The Southland Times