Digital champion named as head of Fairfax metro titles

Digital champion named as head of Fairfax metro titles

Chris Janz, an executive steeped in the world of digital, will take over the leadership of Fairfax Media’s metropolitan titles in a move many see as laying the foundations for the media group’s digital future.

Mr Janz was appointed managing director of Fairfax Media’s Australian Metro Publishing business on Tuesday, the last in a slew of new appointments announced this week.

Mr Janz was formerly director of publishing innovation at Fairfax, a position he has held for the past seven months.

In a career built around digital, he was previously CEO at the Fairfax joint venture, Huffington Post Australia, and managing director and founding CEO at Allure Media, which operates a number of websites in Australia under licence.

Mr Janz will replace Allen Williams, who is moving into the role of managing director of publishing transition. In his new role, Mr Janz will oversee product and technology development for titles including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

On Monday, Fairfax announced new editors for The SMH and The Age, as well as the resignation of SMH editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir. As part of the moves, Fairfax has abolished to the position of editor-in-chief at both titles.

Lisa Davies has been appointed editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, where she previously held the roles of deputy editor, investigations editor and justice editor.

Alex Lavelle, who has been acting editor of The Age since December, has been confirmed in the position. He has been with the masthead since 1999, and held the roles of deputy news director and sports editor.

In a third move, Australian Financial Review European correspondent James Chessell has been appointed national editor, with responsibility for federal politics, business and world coverage across The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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