Amanda Gome to take helm of Financial Review Group titles

amanda gomeFormer Crikey publisher Amanda Gome has bounced back from her dismissal as boss of Private Media to take on a new role at Fairfax Media’s Financial Review Group.

Gome will be publisher of BRW, Smart Investor and Asset Magazine. Her appointment will lead to a delay in the relaunch of BRW magazine while she gets to grips with her new brief, the company said.

Gome was axed by the board of Private Media last month. As well as Crikey, Private Media also publishes Smart Company and Women’s Agenda.

FRG’s CEO Brett Clegg announced the new role. He said in the statement: “Amanda has an extraordinary track record in building brands that resonate across all media and meet audience and advertiser needs. We are thrilled that she is available to join our team to drive our brands more aggressively in the digital age.

“I’ve admired Amanda professionally for a long time and it is a tremendous boost having such a great and passionate leader join FRG as we continue through a period of transition and reinvention. Amanda has also been an amazing role model for women journalists and media professionals.”

FRG’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael Stutchbury, said: “Amanda is clearly an outstanding media executive, entrepreneur and journalist. We’ve already had stimulating discussions about the opportunities at FRG publications. She is over-flowing with ideas.”

Gome said: “The next step for me wasn’t another digital media start-up but to innovate within a great creative company that is building a digital future while ensuring their print publications remain the best in the industry.”

Gome began her  journalism career at News Limited and then joined Fairfax. She worked at BRW for more than a decade before leaving to start online site Smart Company, which later moved into the Private Media stable.

She said: “My experience at Private Media has made me extremely positive about the future of media. I am looking forward to working alongside some of the best people in the industry as we transition to a multiplatform world.”

Gome starts on Monday.

The announcement added: “Mr Clegg noted that given this appointment, the re-launch of BRW magazine, its website and a new iPad app would now occur post-Australia Day to allow her to get across the thinking and planning.”


  1. Cogito
    26 Oct 12
    12:22 pm

  2. Amazing how Fairfax keeps loading up its overheads. It’s no wonder the shareholders are spitting chips. Hate to think what has happened to the p+l of f this business what with the absence of ads, dropoff in paid sales and cover prices and what look to be big budget hirings.
    Today’s packer pr package will be poison in the audience.

  3. Shamma
    26 Oct 12
    1:11 pm

  4. Would have been easier to have just bought Business Spectator

  5. Fab
    26 Oct 12
    5:14 pm

  6. I does indeed look like Fairfax is being managed to death. I read that the company has just had another multi-headed “consultancy” on its future. (Which apparently said they should not break it up!!!)
    This must make about a dozen big consulting briefs in the past few years. And, like this one, they keep adding expensive execs to the top layer while supposedly cutting costs aggressively.