News Corp names Wesfarmers’ Robert Ure as director of strategy and M&A

News Corp Australia has announced Robert Ure as its new director of strategy and M&A.

Chief financial officer Michael Ford said the appointment will bolster the team’s strategic capability.

In the role, Ure will be responsible for strategic planning and merger and acquisition activity across the media company. The role will work closely with the executive team to guide, influence and deliver key outcomes for News’ growth strategy.

Previously, Ford had been covering M&A for News Corp following Richard Skimin’s move to managing director of and e-commerce.

“Rob’s skills and diverse industry experience will be invaluable to News as we progress our digital strategy and identify growth opportunities,” Ford said.

“Rob will play a key role in our growth agenda, bringing together his deep strategy and M&A experience across large corporates and investment banks domestically, in the US and Asia.”

Ure was most recently general manager of business development at Wesfarmers, focusing on acquisition activity and strategic digital projects. He is a former investment banker from Macquarie Capital.

“News Corp Australia is clearly building a world-class digital business based on a proud legacy of providing trusted news and information. It’s also a company that’s always excelled at merger and acquisition activity. I’m very excited to be joining the News team at this important time in the company’s evolution,” said Ure.

Prior to his time at Wesfarmers, Ure was group general manager M&A and corporate development at Coca-Cola Amatil for four and a half years.

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