Former Age editor opens a new career innings

Andrew Holden, the former editor-in-chief of The Age, has been appointed head of communications for Cricket Australia.

Andrew Holden speaks after The Age wins Newspaper of the Year at the 2013 PANPA awards.

Andrew Holden speaks after The Age wins Newspaper of the Year at the 2013 PANPA awards.

Mr Holden worked as a journalist for more 30 years before departing The Age in February amid an editorial restructure of Fairfax Media.

He said he was eagerly looking forward to working at Cricket Australia.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Cricket Australia. It is an outstanding organisation and I am looking forward to contributing to its success in making cricket Australia’s number one national sport,” he said.

Mr Holden was appointed editor-in-chief of The Age in 2012 and oversaw the Melbourne paper during a time of great transition.

He was previously editor of Christchurch daily The Press, where he led its coverage of the 2011 earthquakes, earning praise for his leadership and support for his staff after the disaster.

Ben Amarfio, Cricket Australia’s executive general manager – media, communications and marketing, said the organisation was fortunate to have secured such a senior and respected communicator in Mr Holden.

“Andrew has a thorough understanding of new media, as it was his initial brief at The Age to integrate The Age’s print and digital operations and transition it to a fully digital newsroom,” Mr Amarfio said.

“We believe this expertise will further strengthen cricket’s communications team and assist cricket in its vision of being Australia’s favourite sport and a sport for all Australians.”

Mr Holden will commence at Cricket Australia on Monday, August 8.

Cricket Australia is the sport’s national governing body.

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