HuffPo in CEO switch

Digital advertising executive JJ Eastwood has been appointed the new CEO of HuffPost Australia, with incumbent Chris Janz to take up the newly created role of director, publishing innovation at Fairfax Media.

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New chief executive of HuffPost Australia, JJ Eastwood.

Mr Eastwood is currently the local managing director of programmatic platform Rocket Fuel and moves into the top job one year since HuffPost Australia was launched as a joint-venture between Fairfax and The Huffington Post.

Chief executive of The Huffington Post, Jared Grusd, said Mr Eastwood was perfectly suited to take HuffPost Australia to “the next stage”.

“He will use his strong commercial acumen and industry expertise to build on the terrific work done by Chris and the team since launching HuffPost Australia,” Mr Grusd said.

“Chris was a pivotal force in establishing HuffPost Australia and we’re delighted he will stay involved as part of a newly-formed local management board, who together with JJ and local editor-in-chief, Tory Maguire, will guide our exciting plans for the brand’s continued growth in Australasia.”

Joining Mr Janz on the management board will be Guy Reypert, Fairfax’s group director of digital ventures and Jason Scott, CEO of Fairfax’s digital publishing subsidiary, Allure Media.

Mr Eastwood has previously held roles including general manager of eBay in Australia and New Zealand, specialist sales director at Mi9/ninemsn and senior sales and business developments roles at Fairfax Digital and News Corp Australia.

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