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Nextmedia appoints Simon Sharwood in IT editorial leadership shake up

Australian consumer and business publisher Nextmedia has appointed Simon Sharwood as editorial director for its CRN and ITNews titles.

Sharwood replaces Steven Kiernan who is moving to the UK and taking a role with NextMedia’s European parent company, Forum Media Group.

Simon Sharwood: “It’s going to be good to be around people”

Previously the APAC editor and sole Australian employee for UK based technology site The Register, Sharwood told Mumbrella he was looking forward to joining the Nextmedia team: “It’s bloody hard to leave The Reg as they’re really good people, but it’s going to be good to be around people.”

“Working on CRN and iTnews – fine newsrooms full of talent and energy – is just the opportunity I need at this time in my career,” Sharwood added in a statement.

“Working with the teams will be a privilege, a learning experience and a chance to keep them evolving by sharing the skills I’ve gathered doing global enterprise technology journalism from Australia.”

Before joining The Register six years ago, Sharwood was editor of Tech Target ANZ and a contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. 

In his new role Sharwood will manage the editorial teams across CRN and iTnews which publishes which include two news sites, a monthly print magazine and a series of IT industry awards and conferences. Last month, the company appointed Julian Bajkowski to replace Allie Coyne as editor of iTnews.

Nextmedia managing director Hamish Bayliss said of Sharwood’s appointment: “The appointment of Simon is a terrific addition to the editorial team and will cement our position as Australia’s leading IT media company”.

David Gardiner, Nextmedia’s executive chairman, added about Kiernan’s move: “Steven has done an outstanding job in positioning and driving business growth of our IT brands. We are sad he is relocating to the UK but pleased he will stay within the Forum Media Group,”

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