Nick Leeder named as boss of Google Australia as Brett Clegg steps up at The Oz

News Ltd’s Nick Leeder is the new MD of Google in Australia and New Zealand, the company has announced, while Brett Clegg will replace him as deputy CEO of The Australian.  

Leeder – who had been a fast-rising star at News – was promoted to deputy CEO of The Australian a year ago, following a stint as chief operating officer of News Digital Media.

He replaces Karim Temsamni, who was promoted to a US-based role at Google in the US last August.

Daniel Alegre, Google’s President,  for Asia Pacific and Japan said: “Nick joins Google at an exciting time for our business and for the digital economy in Australia and New Zealand. Google is investing significantly in Australia and New Zealand to help businesses of all sizes, from small and large advertisers to advertising agencies and publishers, grow online. In the next year, Nick will help us to increase our investment locally and better serve our users, advertisers, and partners.”

Leeder added: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to take on this new role. Google is a company that’s not afraid to take risks and experiment with new ways to help users, advertisers, and partners. Their business is innovation, and I look forward to being part of that.

Leeder starts at Google in late March.

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The Australian's Brett Clegg

Meanwhile, Richard Freudenstein, CEO of The Australian,  announced  former journalist and auditor Brett Clegg as Leeder’s replacement with responsibility for day-to-day commercial operations  including sales, marketing, operations, circulation, digital and events.

Freudenstein said “Brett takes on this role at a very exciting time in the history of The Australian. “This year we will continue to develop our online, mobile and tablet operations, introduce digital subscriptions and significantly expand our events program. Brett’s depth of newspaper experience and industry knowledge will be invaluable to The Australian”.

Clegg joined the paper last June as deputy editor after nearly a decade with Fairfax Media’s Australian Financial Review.

Clegg also worked for Macquarie Group and as anauditor with accountants Ernst & Young. He said: “I am honoured and delighted to accept this opportunity.”


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