Michael Desiere to leave News Corp after 22 years

Meeting of the Minds - Michael Desiere

“It’s with a mix of excitement and nostalgia that I’m announcing my departure (redundancy).”

News Corp Australia’s head of sales – NSW independent agencies and major direct, Michael Desiere, is leaving the business after 22 years.

Posting on LinkedIn, Desiere wrote that it was “with a mix of excitement and nostalgia that I’m announcing my departure (redundancy) from News Corp Australia.”

Desiere’s last day will be next Friday 14 June.

“To my agencies, clients, and colleagues who have trusted me, collaborated with me, and shared countless memories – THANK YOU! You’ve made my time at News a truly unforgettable experience filled with growth, learning, and, most importantly, friendship,” Desiere said.

“While this chapter comes to a close, I’m excited for what the future holds and the new opportunities that lie ahead.”

Desiere confirmed to Mediaweek that his exit is not connected to the wider editorial restructure.

News Corp Australia has begun rolling out that major restructure, which will see the publishing business divided into three divisions and involve news.com.au’s editor-in-chief, Lisa Muxworthy, exiting.

Last week, Muxworthy, the editor-in-chief of news.com.au – the most popular news website in the country – and John McGourty, the Editorial Innovation Centre’s group director, were among the first to exit.

See also: Lisa Muxworthy among exits under News Corp restructure

Reflecting on his time with the business, Desiere said he will continue to spotlight the highlights of his two decades with News Corp in the lead-up to his last day. 

The first: “Being part of one of the most successful and celebrated media campaigns – The Heart Foundation’s Serial Killer campaign.

“With the support from the team at Customedia, not only did our integrated advocacy and editorially led partnership get the Government to change the policy to include Heart Health Checks on the Medicare levy, it has prevented tens of thousands of people from having heart attacks and saving countless lives.”

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