John Allan to leave The Australian

John Allan _ The AustralianJohn Allan, chief operating officer of News Limited’s The Australian is to leave the company at the end of next week. He spent the last year leading the newspaper’s push into digital subscriptions after the departure of Brett Clegg to the Australian Financial Review.

In an email to staff, Jerry Harris, MD of group newspapers and digital products said that Allan had resigned.

The memo:

Dear colleagues

I write to let you know that John Allan has resigned as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Australian. I would like to thank John for his contribution to News over the last six years.

Over this period, John has made a big contribution to our company. He led the development of NewsLocal websites and wherelive.com.au. He was also CEO of TrueLocal.com.au leading its growth from 2008 to 2011.

Since June 2011, John has been the COO of The Australian where he led its commercial and digital strategy. The Australian has over 40,000 digital subscribers which represents strong take-up of our digital offering.

During his time as COO, John worked closely with Chris Mitchell, editor-in-chief of The Australian. On John’s contribution to The Australian, Chris said: “John’s extensive experience and understanding of both the newspaper and digital arena has been invaluable to The Australian. We are the leading digital subscription newspaper in the country and I’d like to thank John for his contribution to our success.”

On his time at News, John said: “It has been an incredible journey at News over the past six plus years. I’ve worked with some highly talented people across both the digital and newspaper businesses and I leave the organisation in their capable hands. I’d like to thank Chris Mitchell, my management team and all our staff who create world-leading newspapers and digital assets every day and wish them well for the future.”

John’s last day at News is Friday June 22. We wish John all the very best for the future.

We will announce John’s replacement shortly.

Yours sincerely

Jerry Harris

Managing Director, Group Newspapers and Digital Products

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