Simon Sharwood will take over from Steven Kiernan as head of Nextmedia’s B2B technology group, which includes iTNews, CRN and their various brand offshoots.
Kiernan (pictured right) is heading to the UK, for family reasons, and will be succeeded by well-known technology journalist Simon Sharwood, currently APAC editor at global IT website, The Register.
While he is shifting geographies, Kiernan - who has spent the last nine years at Nextmedia and its predecessor Haymarket - will stay within the family, assuming a global position with Nextmedia parent company, Forum Media Group. In that role, he will continue to provide support to the Australian B2B technology group, and assist in the transition to Sharwood’s leadership.
“I’ve got a lot of knowledge, relationships and intellectual property that I’ve built up over many years, so I’ll continue to be available as a consultant who can support, not just the editorial team, but more so the strategic vision, the commercial, the marketing and events related to both titles,” Kiernan said.
Highlights over the past five years at CRN and iTnews were “definitely the people”, he said.
“I’ve been fortunate enough, across CRN and iTnews to consistently have really talented journalists and really stellar teams, and I’m going to miss working side-by-side with those people, but happy to continue supporting them from across the other side of the world,” he said.
He added that the industry recognition, which has seen both iTnews, CRN and their respective editorial teams win a bagful of IT Journalism Awards were also highlights and a source of great pride.
Nextmedia executive chairman David Gardiner praised Kiernan’s contribution to the company and success in driving its B2B tech publishing efforts.
“Steven has done an outstanding job in positioning and driving business growth of our IT brands. We are sad he is relocating to the UK but pleased he will stay within the Forum Media Group,” Gardiner said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Sharwood (pictured below) — who has more than twenty years experience in technology publishing including his most recent role at The Register — will start with Nextmedia on July 23rd, after finishing up at the Reg on July 18.
"Working on CRN and iTnews – fine newsrooms full of talent and energy – is just the opportunity I need at this time in my career,” he commented.
“Working with the teams will be a privilege, a learning experience and a chance to keep them evolving by sharing the skills I’ve gathered doing global enterprise technology journalism from Australia”.
The appointment comes on the back of the recent hire of Julian Bajkowski as editor of iTnews.
As such, Kiernan said Sharwood inherits a pair of “really strong brands, in a very good place editorially, commercially and strategically, as well as a really strong line-up of people.”
“Simon's the right person to now go and make them his own, and bring the knowledge, insight and experience he has. He’s a phenomenal hire, who can only take CRN and iTnews to bigger and better times,” he said.
Kiernan said that during his leadership both products managed to grow, despite the general market decline in display advertising, and that the two brands had succeeded in adding events as profitable pillars of their businesses.
“One of the things I'm proudest of, is that we’ve managed to grow the business, without throwing away our credibility,” he said. “Every day there are little opportunities to give away a little bit of that, if you want to chase the dollars, but we’ve very much maintained the separation of church and state and the brands are better for that,” he said.
As editor of CRN, Kiernan has immersed himself within the IT channel community, and he remarked that he never failed to be impressed by the ingenuity and talent of businesses in the sector, who are able to so rapidly respond to a constantly evolving market.
“I love the channel, and I’ve built up so many relationships within the industry. I’m going to miss seeing those people, but I’m also going to look to maintain those relationships,” he said.