Digital media professional Chris Janz has been announced as the founding CEO of HuffPost Australia, a joint venture between US-based The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media.
Mr Janz has had 20 years’ experience in digital media, and he has been in charge of Fairfax-owned digital publisher Allure Media, which launched Business Insider, Gizmodo, Kotaku and Lifehacker, among others.
He has also worked in editorial and commercial roles at News Corp and production company Endemol Southern Star.
Mr Janz will join fellow Huffington Post executives in the US, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Maghreb, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Greece and India. The online newspaper is owned by AOL.
“Chris will be a tremendous leader of HuffPost Australia, and help take the brand to new heights,” The Huffington Post’s chief operating officer Koda Wang said.
Mr Janz begins his role immediately and will oversee the formation of his editorial team.
“I’m excited to take on this incredible opportunity to make HuffPost Australia an engaging and influential platform for Australians to voice their thoughts,” he said.
HuffPost Australia is looking for an editorial director, an editor-in-chief, a deputy editor, associate editors, a blog editor, an engagement editor and a video editor.
The site is expected to launch in the second quarter of this year.