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Wharton steps down from Seven West Media

Chairman of Seven West Media Kerry Stokes with retiring WA chief executive Chris Wharton.
Chairman of Seven West Media Kerry Stokes with retiring WA chief executive Chris Wharton.Picture: Michael Wilson

The head of Seven West Media WA, Chris Wharton, has retired after six years in his current position and nine years after becoming boss of West Australian Newspapers.

Mr Wharton’s career with the Kerry Stokes-aligned group began in 1995 at Community Newspapers.

He became managing director of Channel Seven Perth in 2000 before being made managing director of West Australian Newspapers in 2008.

Three years later, after West Australian Newspapers’ takeover of Channel 7 and the creation of Seven West Media, Mr Wharton was made chief executive of the new company’s WA operation.

“Late last year Chris took the opportunity to take some extended leave and after a discussion with the chairman, they agreed that it was an appropriate time for Chris to retire,” Seven West Media said in a statement.

“He will remain a Telethon Trustee and remains committed to the Perth community for which he was recognised with an AM in 2016.”

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes said he was sorry to see Mr Wharton leave.

Mr Wharton said he had “mixed emotions” about his retirement. “The company has been very good to me and my family,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people.”

Nick Varigos, the managing director of recruitment firm Oppeus International, is searching for a replacement and is expected to make recommendations in the coming weeks.

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