Former WA Newspapers managing director Ian Law has died from cancer.
Mr Law, a journalist who cut his corporate teeth at Rural Press, spent the twilight years of his career quietly as a non-executive director at carsales.com.
He died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
Carsales's managing director Greg Roebuck described Mr Law as "the consummate director."
Known for his steely acumen and hard-nosed approach to business, Mr Law was appointed boss of WA Newspapers, publisher of _The West Australian _, in 2002. His tenure is best remembered for an overhaul of the company's print facilities, his pursuit of a merger with Fairfax Media and an investment in the Hoyts cinema chain.
He left Perth in early 2006 after deciding to join James Packer's ACP Magazines business.
He was later made head of PBL Media, which gave birth to Nine Entertainment. He was replaced at Nine by David Gyngell three years ago and in 2011 re-joined the carsales board.
Former Nine boss Eddie McGuire yesterday described Mr Law as a "wonderful man, a person of outstanding integrity, great humour and a strong moral compass."