Seven West Media’s Chris Wharton retires

Chris Wharton, the chief executive of Seven West Media Western Australia, has retired ending more than 20 years of continuous contribution to the Seven West Media group.

Warton retires.

Wharton joined the group in 1995 with Community Newspapers before going onto Channel Seven Perth in 2000 as managing director, then onto MD of West Australia Newspapers in 2008 and finally CEO of Seven West Media WA in 2011.

During his long tenure, Wharton oversaw the newsroom for Seven News brought together with The West Australian newspaper to form a super news room.

In his time looking after The West Australian newspaper, its print circulation fared better than its eastern competitors, with smaller print declines.

Wharton was also heavily involved in WA’s Channel 7 Telethon which raised millions of dollars each year to support the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases. He will remain a trustee of the Telethon.

The announcement of retirement follows on from Wharton take some extended leave from the company last year.

Wharton said:  “After more than 20 years, it is with mixed emotions that I have made the decision to retire from Seven West Media. The company has been very good to me and my family. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people and I’ll miss them. I am delighted to have the privilege to remain a Telethon Trustee.”

Seven West Media chairman, Kerry Stokes, said he is sorry to see Wharton leave but he has had a very long and successful innings with the group.

Stokes said: “I am happy to advise that following today’s decision, Nick Varigos, managing director of recruitment firm Oppeus International, has commenced the process and will make recommendations in the coming weeks.”


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