Guardian Australia’s managing director, Dan Stinton, has resigned from the company, reports Crikey.
The news comes just one week after the publication celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
The Guardian Media Group chief executive Anna Bateson announced the move to staff in an email on Wednesday morning. The email reportedly said Stinton had been offered a new role as CEO of an unnamed tech company.
One week ago, Stinton shared a post to LinkedIn celebrating the company’s 10-year milestone.
Stinton wrote: “This month marks Guardian Australia’s 10th birthday, growing from a tiny news startup to play a significant role in Australia’s media landscape, with an audience over 7m people. Thanks to our advertisers, partners and supporters for helping us reach this milestone – we couldn’t have done it without you.”
In 2018, Stinton was named the managing director of Guardian Australia, succeeding Ian McClelland, who was promoted to be Guardian Media Group’s managing director of corporate development based in London. Before his role at Guardian Australia, Stinton was previously head of digital at Seven West Media.
Last year, Stinton placed #27 on the Mediaweek 100 Power List, and previously spoke to Mediaweek about the state-level coverage, the Google News Initiative, and how the masthead fared during Covid.
“The pandemic has demonstrated really clearly, so many of the decisions of Australia are made at the state level because of our federation: health care, policing, borders. All these things are actually not in the federal lane, but in the state lane,” said Stinton.
“The challenge we have is that someone who is in Sydney might not necessarily want to read about some of the intricacies of the health system in Victoria or vice versa. So, what this does is it enables us to deliver reporting to a really large proportion of the country, but only in specific areas.”