MediaWorks has announced Jack Matthews will take over the role of board chairman at the end of September. Matthews succeeds Rod McGeoch who has been chairman of MediaWorks since 2013.
The news comes in the same week as Michael Anderson officially took up his new position as CEO.
McGeoch has been MediaWorks board chairman since 2013 just as the company was emerging from receivership. He was known as a vocal supporter of the then chief executive, Mark Weldon who presided over massive on-air changes at TV3.
Jack Matthews is a recently appointed board member and said of his elevation to chairman: “I’m very pleased to accept this position and look forward to working with a strong board, management team and, most importantly, a committed and passionate staff who are all focused on maintaining MediaWorks as a successful and important part of New Zealanders’ daily lives.
“On behalf of the Board, I also want to recognise and thank Rod for his leadership over the past three years.”
Rod McGeoch said: “Leading MediaWorks out of receivership and into a place where MediaWorks Radio is number one and TV3 is gaining share has been incredibly rewarding. In these times of huge industry change and disruption, it is right to hand over to a Chairman who resides in New Zealand and who brings extensive media expertise. I wish Jack and the Board all the very best for the future.”
Jack Matthews has significant experience in digital media and running and driving change in news organisations as well as in cable networks and broadband.
Prior to becoming a MediaWorks Board Director, he held executive roles such as CEO Fairfax Metro Media (Australia), COO Jupiter Programming (Japan), CEO Showtime (Australia) and CEO TelstraSaturn (NZ). He currently sits on four Boards (Crown Fibre Holdings, Network For Learning, Trilogy International and APN Outdoor) as well as Chairing Rewardle Holdings, a digital start-up business based in Melbourne.
From October 1, the MediaWorks Board will be comprised of Jack Matthews (Chairman), Jonas Mitzschke, Paul Lockey, Julie Christie and MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson.
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