Management Team

Hugh Marks

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Hugh Marks

Chief Executive Officer and Director

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 had ownership and management interests in a number of independent companies providing content for broadcast and pay TV, talent management, and digital production.

 

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, has completed the Executive Program at Stanford and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

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 & Public Relations at Nine, where she leads both corporate affairs and publicity.

She began her career as a journalist on the Daily Mirror in Sydney 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 Director of the not-for-profit organisation, Adopt Change. 
 

Clare Gill

Director of Regulatory Affairs and Spectrum Strategy

Clare Gill

Director of Regulatory Affairs and Spectrum Strategy

Clare Gill is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nine Entertainment. In this role she is responsible for Nine’s engagement with government and regulators on matters of media policy and regulation. Prior to Nine, Clare was Head of Government and Corporate Affairs for Optus. She has also held senior public affairs roles at SunRice, Ericsson and NICTA.

 

Clare started her career in Victorian politics before moving to the corporate world where she has spent the last 20 years, dealing with the promotion and regulation of advancements in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication. 

 

Michael Healy

Director of Television

Michael Healy

Director of Television

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

 

Michael started out with Channel Nine Perth in 1983 and relocated to Channel Nine Sydney in 1989. His previous roles include eight years as Director of Programming and 10 years as Director of Presentation and Promotions.

Chris Janz

Managing Director of Publishing

Chris Janz

Managing Director of Publishing

Chris Janz has overseen the publishing of the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WAtoday since 2017 and was previously Director, Publishing Innovation. Following the merger of Nine and Fairfax in December 2018 he also took on responsibility for the group's combined digital properties including nine.com.au, 9Honey and 9Now.

 

Mr Janz was previously the founding CEO of HuffPost Australia, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media. He has more than 20 years of experience building market-leading digital media businesses.

 

His previous experience includes senior editorial roles at Allure Media, News Corp and production company Endemol Southern Star.

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

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. 
 

Vanessa Morley

Director of People and Culture

Vanessa Morley

Director of People and Culture

Vanessa Morley joined Nine as Director of Human Resources in May 2018.

 

Immediately before joining Nine, she was the Group Head of Talent for Coca-Cola Amatil, responsible for development of the talent, leadership and inclusion strategy across the Amatil business, for Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

 

Vanessa is a highly experienced HR leader, working across all aspects of HR strategy in senior roles with leading brands such as Qantas, Samsung and Insurance Australia Group. Her experience across multiple industries puts her in a unique position to develop innovative HR strategy for Nine.

 

Vanessa holds a Master of Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle.

Michael Stephenson

Chief Sales Officer

Michael Stephenson

Chief Sales Officer

Michael Stephenson joined Nine in 2006 and was appointed Chief Sales Officer of Nine in March 2016.

He is responsible for overall sales strategy and total advertising revenue for Nine across all broadcast and digital assets.

Prior to his appointment he held various roles at Nine, including Director of Sales - Television and Director of Sales – Digital. Michael has also held senior roles at both Network TEN and the Seven Network, in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, during his 25 years in the media.

He is a board member of OzTAM and chairman of the industry body Think TV.
 

Darren Wick

Director of News and Current Affairs

Darren Wick

Director of News and Current Affairs

Darren Wick was appointed Director of News and Current Affairs in February 2012. He has been with the Nine Network for 23 years, and was Sydney News Director prior to his national appointment. His other roles over that period have included Executive Producer on A Current Affair and Today Show.

 

Prior to joining Nine, he began his career at News Ltd as a journalist on The Daily Mirror followed by a stint in the UK working in television news and current affairs at Worldwide Television News.

Allen Williams

Managing Director, ACM Publishing and Printing

Allen Williams

Managing Director, ACM Publishing and Printing

In December 2017, Allen Williams took on responsibilities as Managing Director, Australian Community Media and Printing. Before this, he was Managing Director of Fairfax Media’s Australian Publishing Media from April 2013. He has extensive media management experience in Australia and overseas.

 

Mr Williams has also served as a former CEO of Fairfax Media New Zealand and prior to that led a number of the company’s operations across rural, regional and metropolitan markets in Australia and the United States. He returned to the company in 2007 following the Rural Press Limited merger with Fairfax Media.

 

Across his career Mr Williams has worked at News Limited, Australian Consolidated Press and the Asher Joel Media Group.

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. In 2015, she won the B&T Magazine Women in Media Award for the sales category.