News Corp Australia boss Julian Clarke is among the business leaders recognised in the Australia Day honours.

News Corp Australia boss Julian Clarke, IBISWorld founder Phil Ruthven and former National Farmers’ Federation chief David Crombie have been honoured for their services to the business world.

The three men have been appointed as Members of the Order of Australia (AM).

Mr Clarke, who took the helm of New Corp’s Australian operations in August 2013 after the shock resignation of Kim Williams, has been honoured for his services to print media and to the community through cultural, health care and economic development organisations.

Before his present role, Mr Clarke had a long career with News Corp’s Victorian arm, The Herald and Weekly Times, where he was managing director from 1991 to 2007 and chairman from 2009 to 2013.

He has also served on the board of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital and as chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Business analyst Phil Ruthven has been acknowledged for his services to business and commerce and the community.

Mr Ruthven founded IBISWorld in Melbourne in 1971, a firm that has become a global provider of business information, with offices in the US, China, the UK and Canada.

He has also served as the director of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and chairman of Open Family Australia.

David Crombie, who was president of the National Farmers’ Federation from 2006 to 2010, received recognition for “significant service to the meat and livestock industry, and as a supporter of social welfare, primary producer and sporting organisations”.

Mr Crombie is a former chairman of Meat and Livestock Australia and has served on the board of Australia’s largest beef producer, Australian Agricultural Company, since 2011.

Away from the business world, Mr Crombie is the president of the Australian Rugby Union, and is a director of Foodbank Queensland, the largest food relief organisation in Queensland.