Management Team

Hugh Marks

Chief Executive Officer

Hugh Marks

Chief Executive Officer

Hugh Marks was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nine in November 2015. Prior to this he had been an independent, non-executive director since February 2013.

 

Hugh has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in content production and broadcasting in Australia and overseas. Before his appointment as CEO he owned talent management agency RGM Artists and had ownership and management interests in a number of independent companies producing content for broadcast and pay TV.

 

Before joining the board Hugh was an authority member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority for more than two years. Previously he was CEO of the Southern Star Group. Hugh has also worked with the Nine Network as legal counsel, and was Director of Nine Films & Television for seven years.

 

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws Degree from the University of New South Wales.

 

Greg Barnes

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Barnes

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Barnes joined Nine in July 2016 as Chief Financial Officer.

 

Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of ASX-listed CSR Limited for seven years, responsible for group financial outcomes. He played a leading role in the development and implementation of CSR’s corporate strategy. 

Before joining CSR, he held senior finance roles with Dyno Nobel Limited and De La Rue Plc. Greg has broad market experience across a number of sectors including building materials, mining services, technology and software, as well as extensive international experience. 

Greg is a qualified chartered accountant and has an MBA from the Macquarie School of Management.

 

Alexi Baker

Director of Strategy & Corporate Development

Alexi Baker

Director of Strategy & Corporate Development

Alexi Baker joined Nine in 2011 and was appointed Director of Strategy and Corporate Development in March 2016.

 

A strategy and transaction-focused executive with expertise across media, retail and digital, at Nine she is responsible for group strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and investments.

 

Before joining Nine, Alexi was an equities analyst at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. She holds Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) Degrees from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Executive Program at Stanford.

 

Victoria Buchan

Director of Communications & Public Relations

Victoria Buchan

Director of Communications & Public Relations

Victoria Buchan has many years’ experience in the corporate communications sphere. For the past six years she has served as Director of Communications and Public Relations at Nine, where she leads both corporate affairs and publicity.

She began her career as a journalist on the Daily Mirror before joining Network Ten as a publicist and then moving to McElroy & McElroy as communications manager with Southern Star. 

Victoria joined Fox Studios Australia, where she led the entire communications strategy from planning until after its grand opening, which included managing a range of launches for the professional studio, post-production facilities and public facilities. 

She later joined the ABC as Director of Communications, responsible for managing government relations, community relations and corporate media relations. 
 
Victoria is the board director of not for profit organisation, Adopt Change. 
 

Michael Healy

Director of Television

Michael Healy

Director of Television

Michael Healy was appointed Director of Television for Nine in December 2010 and has over 30 years of media experience with the network. He is responsible for all aspects of content on Nine, 9Go!, 9Gem and 9Life.


Michael started out with Channel Nine Perth in 1983 and relocated to Channel Nine Sydney in 1989. He previously held roles as Director of Programming for eight years and prior to that was Director of Presentation and Promotions for 10 years.

 

Rachel Launders

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Rachel Launders

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Rachel Launders joined Nine in 2015 as General Counsel and Company Secretary.

 

She has worked with the Nine group for over 10 years, having been a key external legal adviser as a partner at Gilbert + Tobin. Rachel has played a central role in many strategic and defining transactions for the Nine group over that time, including its IPO and the acquisition of the Perth and Adelaide Nine stations, affiliate arrangements and major sports rights.

 

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. She is a director of the Gateway Lifestyle Group (ASX: GTY), a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tom Malone

Director of Sport

Tom Malone

Director of Sport

Tom Malone was appointed Director of Sport in February 2016 and is responsible for all live sport broadcast by Nine across its free-to-air and digital platforms, including cricket, rugby league and netball. 

He joined Nine in 2006 and has held roles as Executive Producer of the Today Show (for six years) and Executive Producer of 60 Minutes (for three years). In 2011, he founded the annual Gold Telethon for the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Tom also serves as a Director of the Bradman Foundation on behalf of Channel Nine. 
 

Helen McCabe

Head of Lifestyle

Helen McCabe

Head of Lifestyle

Helen McCabe joined Nine in 2016 as Head of Lifestyle for Nine’s digital network, including Nine.com.au and the 9Honey women’s network.  

 

Her career includes being Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly and 12 years in newspapers, as Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Night Editor of The Australian, and key roles on The Daily Telegraph. She was also News Limited’s correspondent in London. 

 

Helen is on the board of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and she chaired the Body Image Committee set up by the federal Labor Government.

 

Alex Parsons

Chief Digital Officer

Alex Parsons

Chief Digital Officer

Alex Parsons was appointed Nine’s Chief Digital Officer in 2014 and is responsible for all digital businesses including Nine.com.au, 9Now, Pedestrian.TV and RateCity.

He brings to the role a wealth of skills and experience across digital media and marketing, developed in a variety of leadership positions in the Australian and international markets. His positions have included Director of Product for eBay Australia and New Zealand, and Group Manager of Search for Telstra’s Sensis business division.
 

Ian Paterson

Managing Director, Nine Melbourne

Ian Paterson

Managing Director, Nine Melbourne

Ian Paterson was promoted to Managing Director, Nine Melbourne in 2011.

Spanning 27 years in media sales and sports marketing, Ian started out at Nine in the sales department before moving to the Seven Network to continue his television sales career.
 
Following 11 years between the two networks, Ian moved into a sports marketing role with leading AFL talent management group Flying Start, where he was involved in a wide range of commercial activities. He returned to the Nine Network in 2004 and assumed commercial responsibility for sales development and marketing of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

 

Bridie Pullen

General Manager, Human Resources

Bridie Pullen

General Manager, Human Resources

Bridie Pullen joined Nine in January 2014 as General Manager, Human Resources. 

 

Bridie oversees a team of HR professionals who are responsible for the media company’s staff of more than 3,000 across both its television and digital businesses. Bridie has extensive experience as a human resources professional across several industry sectors in Sydney and London including financial services, technology, property development and telecommunications. Prior to joining NEC she held senior human resources positions at the Commonwealth Bank, NBN Co, Stockland and Citigroup.

 

Bridie holds a Bachelor of Business – Human Resources Management Degree from Griffith University.

 

Michael Stephenson

Chief Sales Officer

Michael Stephenson

Chief Sales Officer

Michael Stephenson was appointed Chief Sales Officer of Nine in March 2016, and is responsible for the overall advertising revenue performance of Nine across both broadcast and digital assets.
 
Previously he was Director of Sales for Nine Network from 2011, and more recently Director of Sales for Nine. Prior to Nine he was Director of Sales for ninemsn and also held various roles at both the Seven and Ten Networks during his 20 years in broadcast and digital sales.
 
Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Management (Marketing) and serves as an active member of the fundraising committee for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
 

Adrian Swift

Head Of Content Production & Development

Adrian Swift

Head Of Content Production & Development

Adrian Swift was appointed Nine’s Head of Content Production & Development in 2016. 

 

His role involves working with internal teams and external production partners to commission and develop programs that embody Nine’s brand and attract broad, mainstream audiences. He works across on-air, digital and social media to ensure Nine’s programs reach the biggest possible audience wherever they are. 

 

Adrian’s career spans production and journalism roles in Australia and abroad, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Endemol, Mirror Group Newspapers, the BBC, ITV, SBS and the ABC. 

 

He was the founding producer of Australia’s most successful travel show, Getaway, which was the first commercial television format in Australia to a launch a website in 1994.

Lizzie Young

Group Content Strategy Director

Lizzie Young

Group Content Strategy Director

Lizzie Young joined Nine in 2010 and was appointed Group Content Strategy Director in 2017. 

Prior to her appointment she held various roles at Nine including Director of Content Partnerships and more recently was Director of Innovation, Partnerships & Client Experience.

 

Lizzie is responsible for developing Nine’s content commercialisation strategy and expanding its distribution network and the opportunities it delivers for brands.


She has had a longstanding media career in television, radio and digital that includes production, integrated sales and marketing in Australia and abroad. 

 

Lizzie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Journalism Degree from the University of Queensland and in 2015 won B&T Magazine’s Women in Media Award for the sales category.