By their works ye shall know them. Or in the case of new Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood, we might say that we know him by the appointments he has made, and those whom he has dispatched.

It has been a fast-moving couple of months since Hywood was confirmed in the job as Fairfax Media's CEO. We have seen flurry of departures and appointments, most recently this week with the announcement that Mike van Niekerk will take up a new position as weekday editor of The Age.