Chris Janz appointed Chief Executive Officer of HuffPost Australia

4 March 2015 

HuffPost Australia, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media, has appointed highly experienced digital business leader, Chris Janz, as Chief Executive Officer.   

Janz has 20 years’ experience in successfully building market-leading digital media businesses. He was 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. Allure Media is part of Fairfax’s Digital Ventures division.  

Janz’s previous experience includes senior editorial and commercial roles at media organisation News Corp and production company Endemol Southern Star.   

The Huffington Post’s Chief Operating Officer, Koda Wang, said: “It's rare to find a leader with both a strong entrepreneurial drive and an obsession for digital media. Chris will be a tremendous leader of HuffPost Australia, and help take the brand to new heights.”   

Group Director of Fairfax Media Digital Ventures, Guy Reypert, said: “Chris is a passionate digital leader who has taken powerful U.S. digital brands and quickly established them as market leaders in Australia. Chris has the necessary drive and determination to make HuffPost Australia a great success.”   

Janz steps into the role immediately and will oversee the establishment of the Sydney-based team of independent editors and reporters for HuffPost Australia ahead of the site’s launch in Q2 2015.

Commenting on his appointment, Janz said: “I’m excited to take on this incredible opportunity to make HuffPost Australia an engaging and influential platform for Australians to voice their thoughts, opinions and commentary - whilst leveraging The Huffington Post’s global footprint.”   

HuffPost Australia is currently in the market recruiting for an Editorial Director/Editor-at-Large, Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor, Associate Editor roles, Blog Editor, Engagement Editor, and Video Editor