James Chessell was appointed Nine’s Managing Director, Publishing in 2021 with responsibility for The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WAToday.
He formerly worked on the editorial side of the Publishing business where he was Group Executive Editor – Australian Metro Publishing for three-and-a-half years and National Editor of The Herald and The Age with responsibility for federal politics, business and world coverage.
James is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who began his career as a reporter at The Age before working at The Herald, The Australian and The Financial Review where his roles included Business Editor and Europe Correspondent.
Alex Parsons was appointed Nine’s Chief Digital Officer in August 2021, leading the company’s digital vision, strategy and operations including the group product and technology divisions.
Alex has 20 years of executive leadership experience with both Australian and international digital and e-commerce businesses. He has worked across many parts of Nine, including the transition of the Microsoft/Nine joint venture of ninemsn to Nine Digital, the launch of nine.com.au, the launch of 9Now, the sale of the Fairfax events business and, most recently, led the rebrand and relaunch of the Drive automotive business.
Maria Phillips was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Nine in August, 2020. Maria has many years experience across a broad range of consumer-related industries, including media and has a track record for driving strategy and transformation, particularly in the digital and technology space. Until recently, Ms Phillips was the Chief Financial Officer at Velocity Frequent Flyer, where she played a key role through the sale process of private equity’s stake to Virgin. Prior to this, Ms Phillips held senior executive roles at Telstra, Foxtel and SingTel Optus.
Educated in the UK, and with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and Business degree, Ms Phillips is a Certified Practising Accountant, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
Michael was appointed Chief Sales Officer, Nine. in March 2016 and, as such, is responsible for the overall advertising revenue performance of Nine Entertainment Co. across both broadcast, digital, radio and publishing assets.
Previously, Michael was the Director of Sales for Nine Network from 2011, and more recently Director of Sales for Nine Entertainment Co.. Prior to Nine, Michael was the Director of Sales for ninemsn and has held various roles at both the Seven and Ten Networks during his 25 years in media sales.
Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Management (Marketing) and is a board member of Little Colossus, ThinkTV and the Premium Content alliance, an industry body created to promote the power of professionally produced content.
Vanessa Morley joined Nine as Director of People and Culture 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.
Tom Malone is Managing Director – Radio for Nine, overseeing radio stations 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR.
Prior to taking the role he spent four years as Nine’s
Director of Sport, leading the growth of the Wide World of Sports and its
relationships with major sporting codes, including Nine’s historic switch from
cricket to tennis in 2018.
Tom 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
He started his media career in radio as a reporter and
producer for 2UE between 1999 and 2006.
Tom also serves as a Director of the Bradman Foundation on
behalf of Nine.
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.
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.