John Fairfax

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Biographical Information

"Mr Fairfax joined John Fairfax Limited as a cadet reporter in 1961... He returned to Sydney in 1979 as Director of John Fairfax Limited and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 1985. He resigned all his positions with the Group following the takeover by Tryart Pty Ltd in December 1987... Mr Fairfax made several trips overseas on behalf of John Fairfax Limited and has attended conferences in India, the Bahamas, Hong Kong and Edinburgh on behalf of the Commonwealth Press Union. He was Chairman of the Australian Section from 1987 to 1992.

"Following the acquisition of a number of media assets which previously formed part of John Fairfax Limited, Mr Fairfax together with his brother, Mr Timothy Fairfax, and other members of their family formed Marinya Holdings Pty Limited. Mr Fairfax is Chairman of Marinya Holdings Pty Limited and Chairman of its wholly owned subsidiary, Marinya Media Pty Limited. Marinya Media held 53.5 per cent of the voting shares in Rural Press Limited, a company publishing about 200 newspapers and magazines in Australia, New Zealand and USA. Mr Fairfax was chairman of Rural Press until it merged with Fairfax Media in 2007. Together with his son Nicholas, Mr Fairfax is now a non-executive director of Fairfax Media and Marinya holds approximately 14 per cent of the Fairfax shares." [1]

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  1. Thomson Reuters John Fairfax, organizational web page, accessed April 22, 2012.