Executive Management

Fairfax Media Limited

 

  • Greg Hywood, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Mr Hywood was appointed CEO and Managing Director in February 2011, having joined the Board the year prior. 

He has enjoyed a long career in the media and government. A Walkley Award winning journalist, he has held a number of senior management positions at Fairfax including Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of each of The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald/ Sun Herald and The Age. He also held the position of Group Publisher Fairfax magazines. He was Executive Director Policy and Cabinet in the Victorian Premier's Department between 2004 and 2006, and from 2006 to 2010 was Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria. 

 

  • David Housego, Chief Financial Officer

Mr Housego was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Fairfax Media in December 2012 with responsibility for Finance, Group Strategy, management of the transformation program, Investor Relations and Workplace Services.

He also represents Fairfax Media on a number of joint venture Boards across the Digital Ventures portfolio and is a Director of Australian Associated Press.

He was previously an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at Worley Parsons (ASX: WOR) from 1999 through 2010.

 

  • Allen Williams, Managing Director, Publishing Transition

In February 2017, Mr Williams took on responsibilities as Managing Director, Publishing Transition, also with continuing oversight of Australian Community Media and Printing & Distribution. Before this, he was Managing Director, Australian Publishing Media since April 2013. He has extensive media management experience in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining Fairfax Media New Zealand as CEO in 2009, he led a number of the company's operations across rural, regional and metropolitan markets in Australia and the United States. He returned to the company in 2007 following the Rural Press Limited merger with Fairfax Media. 

Across his career he has worked at News Limited, Australian Consolidated Press and The Asher Joel Media Group. Allen currently represents Fairfax Media as a Director of Australian Associated Press.

 

  • Brad Hatch, Director of Communications

Mr Hatch is Fairfax Media's head of communications, with group-wide responsibility for managing the company's external and internal communications, spanning corporate affairs, media and public relations, investor and regulatory communications, brand, and community engagement. 

Before taking up this role in February 2012, he was a journalist, holding senior writing and editing roles at The Australian Financial Review, DealBook and AFR BOSS magazine. Prior to this, Brad worked in legal and investment management roles. 

Brad holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Sydney University.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC).


  • Chris Janz, Managing Director,  Australian Metro Publishing

Mr Janz was appointed Managing Director of Australian Metro Publishing in February 2017 and was previously Director, Publishing Innovation. In his current role, Chris oversees The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, WAtoday and Fairfax's Life Media brands (Traveller, Good Food, Essential Baby, Essential Kids).

Mr Janz was previously the founding CEO of HuffPost Australia, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media, and has more than 20 years' experience building market-leading digital media businesses. He was also the founding CEO of Allure Media, one of Australia's largest independent digital publishers, and responsible for launching Business Insider, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, POPSUGAR and ShopStyle in Australia.

Mr Janz's previous experience includes senior editorial roles at News Corp and production company Endemol Southern Star.

 

  • Dhruv Gupta, Group Director, Strategy and Corporate Development

Mr Gupta joined Fairfax Media in 2013 and is responsible for strategic planning, M&A, and supporting key business initiatives across the group.

Prior to joining Fairfax, he was an investment banker in Macquarie's TMET team, working with clients across the media and entertainment spaces on M&A, capital raisings and restructures. His career also includes working Publishing and Broadcasting Limited's (PBL) strategy and enterprises team, and as a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Dhruv holds an MBA from Stanford University. 

 

  • Gail Hambly, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

Ms Hambly is a commercial and media law specialist. She is a member of the Media and Communications Committee and the Privacy Committee for the Law Council of Australia, a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Media and Communications Law at the Melbourne Law School, a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds degrees in Law, Economics and Science.

She is Chair of CopyCo Pty Limited and a Director of Sydney Story Factory.

 

  • Michelle Williams, Group Director, Human Resources

Ms Williams joined Fairfax Media in 2004 and is responsible for the Human Resources strategy and its implementation across the group including learning and development, safety and HR processes such as recruitment, performance and remuneration.

Ms Williams spent several years working in the financial services industry in human resources, relationship management and process improvement roles prior to joining Fairfax. 

She holds degrees in Science and Commerce.

 

  • Robert Hutchinson, Product and Business Development Director and Group Product Strategist

Mr Hutchinson was appointed Group Product Strategist in 2017, and is also in an extended role as product and business development director for the New Zealand business. Mr Hutchinson joined Fairfax in 2013 as the New Zealand product development director where he oversees e-commerce, video and mobile products and has played an instrumental role in the formation of local programmatic exchange KPEX.

Previously, Mr Hutchinson has worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in digital business development and creative director/user experience leadership roles. He is a non-executive director of KPEX, Stuff Fibre and Neighbourly.

     

  • Robyn Elliott, Chief Information Officer 

Ms Elliott joined Fairfax Media as Chief Information Officer in March 2015 to lead the technology and digital product development across the group. She was previously CIO for the Foxtel subscription television company for more than twelve years, where she built the platforms for customer interaction, digital products and analytics.

Robyn's career includes extensive technology consulting experience across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia with IBM and Accenture. She holds an MBA and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Strategy and Innovation program.

Ms Elliott has a wealth of experience on the front-line of digital disruption, leading innovation and customer-centric approaches to create value in a rapidly changing ecosystem.  

 

  • Sinead Boucher, Chief Executive Officer, Stuff

Ms Boucher was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stuff in August 2017. Prior to this she held the position of Fairfax Media's New Zealand group executive editor from 2013. She has a long history with Fairfax having started her career at Christchurch's The Press as a reporter in 1993.

Over her years at Fairfax Ms Boucher has been instrumental in the digital transformation of the business, having worked on Stuff since its infancy to build it up to New Zealand's largest domestic website. She continues to enable her journalists to push the boundaries of journalism for world-class results.