Recruitment firm appointed to find Nine CEO

Recruitment firm Spencer Stuart and Associates has been appointed to oversee the new Nine CEO role, following Hugh Marks resignation.

The Age reports Nine had selected the firm has already started making calls to potential candidates.

A Nine spokeswoman declined to confirm the appointment or comment on speculation. “There is an appropriate process underway and we continue to focus on our work for Nine and our people,” the spokeswoman said.

Amongst candidates who have been touted in media are Nine’s chief publishing and digital officer Chris Janz, Stan boss Mike Sneesby, Foxtel Chief Commercial and Content Officer Amanda Laing, former SBS boss Michael Ebeid and FetchTV boss Scott Lorson.

Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph has erased a story on Marks following threats of defamation action from media litigator Mark O’Brien.

“We are pleased the story has been taken down and will now press for publication of an unreserved apology, failing which Mr Marks will commence defamation proceedings in the Federal Court,” O’Brien told the Australian Financial Review.

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