Monday February 17, 2020

A truly independent mind

As chairman of Independent News & Media at a time of turmoil, James Osborne showed neither fear nor favour in doing what he believed was right for the group, writes Matt Cooper

27th August, 2017

One of the biggest challenges James Osborne took on in the latter stages of his career was the chairmanship of Independent News & Media at a time when its two major shareholders Tony O’Reilly and Denis O’Brien were at war, with Dermot Desmond pitching in on behalf of O’Brien.

O’Brien’s nominees on the INM board, Paul Connolly and Lucy Gaffney, voted against his appointment as chairman. Osborne had never...

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