Board of Directors

Peter Costello

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Peter Costello

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Peter Costello joined the Board in February 2013 as an independent, non-executive director, and in March 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the Board. 

Mr Costello is currently Chairman of the Board of Guardians of Australia’s Future Fund and serves on a number of advisory boards. He is a trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. His business ECG Financial Pty Ltd is a boutique adviser on mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, competition and regulatory issues which affect business in Australia. Mr Costello served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1990 to 2009 and was Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia from March 1996 to December 2007.

Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Costello was a barrister. He has Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) and Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) degrees from Monash University. In 2011, Mr Costello was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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.

Mr Marks is a veteran of the media and production industry, with almost 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in content production and broadcasting in Australia and overseas. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he owned the 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, Mr Marks was an authority member for the Australian Communications and Media Authority for over two years. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Star Group. He also worked with the Nine Network as legal counsel, and then as director of Nine Films & Television for seven years.

Mr Marks received a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

David Gyngell

Non-Executive Director

David Gyngell

Non-Executive Director

David Gyngell stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Nine in November 2015 after five years in which he was instrumental in the Group restructuring and the sharemarket float in 2013. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Nine Network from September 2007.

Mr Gyngell has 15 years of experience at the company, commencing as an Executive Director, Group Marketing and Communications for PBL, then moving into the Deputy Chief Executive Officer role at Channel 9.

Previously, Mr Gyngell was Chief Executive Officer of television production and distribution company Granada US and a director of corporate management at International Management Group (IMG) and Transworld Media International (TWS).

Janette Kendall

Independent Non-Executive Director

Janette Kendall

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Kendall was appointed to the Board in June 2017 as an independent, non-executive director. 

Ms Kendall has more than 23 years board experience across public, private and not-for-profit organisations, spanning a range of industries including marketing and technology, advertising, digital media, supermarkets and the arts. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Costa Group (ASX: CGC), Wellcom Group (ASX: WLL) and the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Ms Kendall is a former senior executive who has held various roles in her career including Senior Vice President of Marketing at Galaxy Entertainment Group in Macau, China; Executive General Manager of Marketing at Crown Melbourne; General Manager, Pacific Brands; Managing Director of emitch Limited; and Executive Director of Clemenger BBDO. 

Ms Kendall holds a Bachelor of Business - Marketing, and is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 

Samantha Lewis

Non-Executive Director

Samantha Lewis

Non-Executive Director

Sam Lewis joined the Board in March 2017 as an independent, non-executive director and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Ms Lewis has extensive financial experience, with 20 years at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu including 14 years as a Partner.  In that role, she led the audit of a number of major Australian listed companies, in the retail/FMCG and industrial sectors.  During her time at Deloitte, Ms Lewis also provided accounting advice and transactional advisory services, including due diligence, IPOs and debt/equity raisings.  

Since retiring from Deloitte in 2014, Ms Lewis has been appointed to the Boards of ASX-listed Orora Ltd and Aurizon Holdings Ltd and is also the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority.  She is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in both Australia, and England and Wales, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Ms Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool.  
 

Catherine West

Non-Executive Director

Catherine West

Non-Executive Director

Catherine West was appointed to the Board in May 2016 as an independent, non-executive director and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  

Ms West has more than 20 years’ business and legal affairs experience in the media, both in Australia and the UK. Her most recent executive role was Director of Legal – Content Commercial and Joint Ventures for Sky Plc in the UK. In this role, she was responsible for all of Sky’s content relationships and distribution and commercial activities.

Ms West recently returned to Australia from the UK. She is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a committee member of the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

Ms West holds both a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney. 

Investor Relations Enquiries

Nola Hodgson

Head of Investor Relations

Nine

+61 2 9965 2306

nhodgson@nine.com.au