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Mark Fenton-Jones (photo credit: Taurus Marketing)Seasoned journalist Mark Fenton-Jones has started work at PR agency Taurus Marketing.

The agency hired Fenton-Jones as part of a new thrust to bolster its content expertise. He will oversee the creation of case studies, timing releases of custom marketing items for newsworthiness, and share advice on media strategies, among other tasks.  

Fenton-Jones wields over 30 years’ experience in the media circuit, with most of it attained at the Australian Financial Review as writer and editor for enterprise, professional services, and special reports.

“I’m very proud Mark has chosen Taurus as his new home to help build our content division which is going gangbusters. We’ve been friends for many years from when he first interviewed me for the AFR and it’s a great joy to have someone I know so well on team. You know you’ve reached a certain success in life when you can work with friends and work doesn’t seem like work! And of course Mark’s network has been very open to us and we are closing some really interesting deals,” said Taurus CEO Sharon Williams.

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