Neil Varcoe departs News Corp’s Storyful after 14 months


Varcoe: announced his departure on social media

Storyful director of partnerships Neil Varcoe is departing the business after 14 months.

Announcing his departure via LinkedIn, Varcoe said: “We launched the Australia business in April 2015 with one man and no plan. We now have 10 staff and have had more success than we could have imagined.”

Varcoe was involved in launching the story aggregation service, which was acquired by News Corp, with the brand currently recruiting for a Sydney-based journalist.

Varcoe thanked his colleagues, and the support from News Corp.

“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved and the talented team we’ve put in place — but it’s time for me to seek the next adventure.

“I owe a debt of thanks to Storyful’s CEO Rahul Chopra, former managing editor Aine Kerr, and the past and present executive for their unswerving support on this amazing ride.

“Also I’d like to thank former News Corp Australia CEO Peter Tonagh, executive chairman Michael Miller, director of corporate affairs and content innovation Campbell Reid, chief commercial officer, Sharb Farjami, chief technology officer Alisa Bowen, and chief digital Officer Mark Drasutis for their inspiration, encouragement and consistent wi-fi.”

Varcoe said he has no role lined up.

“Have no role in the wings, but I do have a little project to keep me interested — Edwina and I recently purchased an unrenovated 1890s sandstone farmhouse on 100 hectares in the Capertee Valley near Lithgow. The builders start in the next few weeks.”

Prior to Storyful, Varcoe was an instructor with General Assembly and also worked at the ABC.


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