Richard Skimin to exit News Corp for startup InstantScripts

Managing director of and News Corp Australia e-commerce division, Richard Skimin, is leaving after five-and-a-half years to join health tech platform, InstantScripts.

Skimin will depart once a suitable replacement is found to take the helm of News Corp Australia’s marketplace and e-commerce business.

“I have no doubt he will bring to his new role at digital healthcare startup InstantScripts the same fresh thinking and ambition he brought to News Corp Australia when he joined in 2016,” said Michael Miller, executive chairman, News Corp Australasia.

Richard Skimin

Richard Skimin

Alice Bradbury will become director of and Kidspot, both of which were previously part of Skimin’s remit.

“Alice’s passion for great journalism and ability to collaboratively develop and market a great brand proposition, as she demonstrated at The Australian, will be a huge asset. Working in a variety of roles at The Australian Alice has been a key part of the team that has produced four years of consecutive profitable growth with subscriber numbers hitting record heights,” Miller said.

Bradbury said: “I’m thrilled to take on this new role…  I look forward to working with the team to build on this success, maintain our market leading position, and continue to find ways for our leading journalism to reach new audiences.”

Since joining News in 2016 as general manager of M&A and strategy, Skimin played a key role in helping reposition the business for a diverse, digital future. He spearheaded the development of their corporate strategy and initiatives including chairing the ScaleUp MediaFund and founding the NewsBolt innovation program.

Skimin also led the acquisitions of Sky News, Australian Regional Media, Punters and Racenet, and a series of significant divestments.

More recently, Skimin has been leading, Kidspot, Body & Soul and eCommerce.

Skimin said: “I feel privileged to have been given the opportunities that only News Corp Australia could offer. News Corp Australia is in its strongest position since I joined and it is with mixed emotions that I have chosen to take on a new challenge. I want to thank Michael Miller, Michael Ford, Mark Reinke and Ruth Allen for their leadership and support.”

News Corp Australia is conducting an open search process to replace both Skimin and Bradbury’s roles.


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