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Fairfax appoints David Kirk as new CEO

PM - Friday, 26 August , 2005 18:30:00
Reporter: Neal Woolrich
Australia's newest media boss hasn't taken up his post yet, but already he's being warned of trouble ahead. Last night the Fairfax publishing company ended a 15-month search by appointing David Kirk as its Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Kirk's newsprint background is in making the stuff, as a paper manufacturer, rather than deciding what gets printed on it. But he says his lack of direct experience in newspapers won't be a disadvantage.

Still, he'll be taking over Fairfax at a time when its traditional business is under threat from online advertising, and cross-media ownership changes may be just around the corner.

Neal Woolrich prepared this report.

NEAL WOOLRICH: In 1987 David Kirk held up the Rugby World Cup as captain of New Zealand's All Blacks. Yesterday he was handed a different prize - the job as Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax.

David Kirk's appointment ends a 15-month search by Fairfax for a new boss. Like his predecessor, Fred Hilmer, David Kirk doesn't come from a newspaper background. He's spent the past two years as CEO of Australia's biggest commercial printing company, PMP.

PM - Fairfax appoints David Kirk as new CEO

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