The resignation was announced in a note to staff from Fairfax’s managing director of Australian metro publishing Chris Janz, who thanked Mr Aylmer for his two decades of dedication.
“We are grateful to Sean for the immense contribution he has made. He has led an incredible publishing transformation and modernisation of our newsrooms – and overseen some of the best journalism in our company’s history,” Mr Janz said.
Mr Aylmer began his career at Fairfax in 1997 in the business section of the Sydney Morning Herald. A move to the Australian Financial Review followed, where he held several roles including economics correspondent in Canberra, correspondent in New York, banking and finance editor, news editor and managing editor, and editor-in-chief of BRW magazine.
A return to the Herald as editor-in-chief preceded Mr Aylmer’s appointment as group director of business media and later news, before moving into his final role as editorial director.
Mr Janz will manage senior editors while the company reviews managerial structure.