"I personally had two conversations with Michelle Guthrie about why she would not be our champion, why she would not engage, she said 'it's not my style",' he said. She was less than two and a half years into a five-year contract.
She was given the benefit of the doubt, Faine said, and "most of us were excited ... that a woman clearly on top of new media" was taking the helm.
"I recognise the challenges involved in transitions of this kind but I am honoured to accept the Board's invitation and look forward to working with our outstanding people to execute our strategy", he said in a statement.
Michelle Guthrie has spoken out after being dumped as managing director of the ABC, arguing there was no justification for the company's board to terminate her employment.
David Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the ABC, will be acting managing director while a formal search process involving internal and external candidates begins.
"It was their decision and their deliberations, I'm not privy to the deliberations".
And she rejected Communications Minister Mitch Fifield's suggestion that the ABC could easily accommodate the latest 1 per cent efficiency divided required by the government.
Guthrie first joined the ABC in December 2015, having previously worked at Google where she was managing director of agencies.
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"I think it's different to what happened with [Malcolm] Turnbull, in that there isn't a voting selection here that I'm aware of that is one person over an another", he said.
Sally Neighbour, executive producer of 4 Corners, tweeted: "excellent decision".
The chairman praised Ms Guthrie's performance in relation to the ABC's adaptation to the digital environment.
Long-time ABC critic and Liberal MP Eric Abetz said Guthrie's replacement must bring to an end "the frolics masquerading as news and "comedy" from some ABC employees".
Guthrie has yet to comment on this morning's decision.
Was it just about tension between her and the corporation chair, Justin Milne, or was it about strategic direction for the national broadcaster? We'll update this story when we know more.
"It ignores the accumulation of efficiency cuts taken by Canberra over the past four years and the fact that these efficiencies rob the ABC of its ability to finance new content and innovation", she said.