Eighty-year old Canadian Richard Rohmer, a one-time army general and university chancellor, has beaten retreat from the board of Hollinger International [H-Intl], until recently the fiefdom of Lord Conrad Black and owner of Britain's Telegraph Group.

Rohmer attributed his withdrawal after less than a year in the non-executive job to "the significant and persistent workload associated with my service on the board, which I did not anticipate when I joined . . . in January for what I thought would be a limited time because of a then pending significant transaction."

His moment of departure is not without significance given that the expected hot potato of the H-Intl board committee's report (into allegedly improper payments made to directors under the regime of Lord Black) is due for release next Monday August 30.

It could be that the Hollinger board is already digging-in for the media siege expected to follow publication.

Data sourced from: Times Online (UK); additional content by WARC staff