Brett Clegg departs Fairfax
Brett Clegg, boss of Fairfax Media’s business group, has left the company after just two years.
Clegg originally joined the company last year as chief executive of the Financial Review Group, which covers titles including the Australian Financial Review and BRW. Earlier this year, Fairfax restructured with a business media operation also covering the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Clegg has been replaced by Sean Aylmer who is currently editor-in-chief of the Sydney Morning Herald and is a former editor of BRW.
Mumbrella understands that Aylmer late this afternoon addressed AFR staff at Fairfax Media’s headquarters in Pyrmont.
Before getting his Fairfax role, Clegg was deputy CEO of News Limited’s The Australian.
He was interviewed by Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes shortly after his move to Fairfax:
6.30pm update – The announcement from Fairfax:
SYDNEY, 22 July 2013: Fairfax Media’s Managing Director of Australian Publishing Media, Allen Williams, today announced the appointment of Sean Aylmer as Group Director, Business Media.
In announcing the appointment, Mr Williams said: “We are very pleased with Sean’s appointment to the role.
“Over his 16-year career with Fairfax, Sean has worked in leadership roles across all the key mastheads. Sean joined Fairfax’s The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) in 1997, having previously worked as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
He has spent the 16 years since then with Fairfax apart from a 12 month period in funds management.
“He takes on his new role having had deep experience with business media. Sean’s first role was with the business section of the SMH writing on banking and economics. This was followed by a period at The Australian Financial Review (AFR) where he was the economics correspondent in Canberra, then foreign correspondent in New York, banking and finance editor, news editor and managing editor. Sean then spent two years as editor in chief of Fairfax’s BRW magazine, taking it back into profitability.
“Most recently Sean has been editor in chief of the SMH, overseeing the transformation of the newsroom including the shift to digital-first way of working. His period as editor in chief has seen the move to compact, the introduction of the metered model and the introduction of real-time working.
“Garry Linnell, Director, News Media, will also perform the role of acting editor in chief of the SMH until a permanent appointment is made to that role.”
Brett Clegg, previously Group Director, Business Media, has decided to move on from Fairfax.