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. 
 

Clare Gill

Director of Regulatory Affairs

Clare Gill

Director of Regulatory Affairs

Clare Gill is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nine Entertainment. In this role Clare 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. Clare 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. Clare 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 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.

 

Nola Hodgson

Head of Investor Relations

Nola Hodgson

Head of Investor Relations

Nola Hodgson joined Nine in 2013, immediately prior to the Group’s listing on the ASX in December. Nola is responsible for all communications with Nine’s shareholders, and the equities market in general. 

 
Prior to joining Nine, Nola spent more than 20 years working as an equities analyst in the Australian market, culminating in her role as Managing Director and Head of Media/Telco Research at investment bank, UBS.  On a number of occasions during her career, Nola was independently voted the top-rated analyst in Media in the Australian market.   

 
She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Degree from the University of Melbourne and is an Associate of the Securities Industry of Australia.   

 

Richard Hunwick

Director of Sales - Television

Richard Hunwick

Director of Sales - Television

Richard Hunwick joined Nine in 2010, and was promoted to the role of Director of Sales Television in 2016.  

 
Prior to his appointment Richard had run the Queensland Sales team across all of Nine’s assets, both broadcast and digital.

 
Richard is responsible for running Nine’s television advertising team around the country.

 
Richard holds a BSc in Psychology from Hull University and has 20+ years of experience in both media owners and media agencies both in Australia and the UK.  

 

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.

Pippa Leary

Commercial Director - Digital Sales

Pippa Leary

Commercial Director - Digital Sales

Pippa Leary currently heads up the Nine's digital sales team, a role which sees her lead a sales operation responsible for the media company's key online properties including nine.com.au, 9Honey and broadcast video on demand platform 9Now. 

 

Prior to taking her current role Leary was CEO of Fairfax-Nine programmatic exchange APEX and prior to that held senior executive roles at Fairfax Media, including Managing Director of the publisher’s Digital Media division.

 

During her time at Fairfax, she was responsible for growing revenue and audience usage across smh.com.au and theage.com.au, while building the new online properties Brisbane Times and WA Today. 

 

Karen Madden

Group Marketing Director

Karen Madden

Group Marketing Director

Karen joined Nine in 2017 as Group Marketing Director.  She is responsible for driving audience and brand engagement across all of Nine’s consumer entertainment platforms (free-to-air and digital), together with the development of marketing plans for new business initiatives across the group.

 

Karen’s career spans some of Australia’s largest and most well-loved brands including Woolworths, Coles, Liquorland, Diageo and McDonalds in senior marketing, buying and trade marketing roles. 

 
She holds a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology (University of Sydney) as well as a Master of Business Administration (AGSM) and is passionate about coaching and mentoring talent through the organisation.

 

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

Digital Content Director

Helen McCabe

Digital Content Director

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.

 

Ian Paterson

Director – Commercial Partnerships and Affiliates

Ian Paterson

Director – Commercial Partnerships and Affiliates

Spanning a career of 27 years Ian Paterson was promoted Director – Commercial Partnerships and Affiliates in 2017.

For the past 6 years Ian has held the position of Managing Director, Nine Melbourne which for a period of time included responsibility to the management of Nine’s regulatory affairs. Prior to this he held a number of sales management positions including Director of Sales, Sport Sales, Director, Melbourne Sales Director.

The current role sees all state based Managing Directors answering to him and further includes responsibility to Nine’s affiliate partnership with Southern Cross Austereo. He’s also responsible for increasing the company’s commercial revenue via oversight of 9Commercial and establishing new commercial business partnerships outside of traditional advertising.

 
 

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.

 

Christiaan Rutten

Digital Chief Operating Officer

Christiaan Rutten

Digital Chief Operating Officer

Christiaan joined Nine in 2012 and was appointed Digital Chief Operating Officer in 2017.

 

He is responsible for the digital Financial, Commercial and Operational aspects of the Nine business.

 

Christiaan has had various roles at Nine, including Director of Business Strategy & Operations and Director of Inventory & Monetisation.

 

Before joining Nine, Christiaan held senior management roles in the media sector across TV, Out of Home and Digital, leading areas including: Sales Management, Operations, Finance, Strategy and Business Development.

 

Christiaan holds a Bachelor of Business – Marketing and is also a Non-Executive Director of Rate City Pty Limited and CarAdvice Pty Limited.

 

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 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.