New structure for Seven West

Seven West Media has announced a restructure of the company’s management team.

Chief sales and digital officer Kurt Burnette has been promoted to chief revenue officer while the head of Pacific Magazines Nick Chan will become chief operating officer, replacing Rohan Lund who announced his departure last month.

Seven CEO Tim Worner said: “We are competing in a rapidly changing and competitive market. We are listening intently to our customers whether they be viewers, readers or advertisers and we are setting up our business for the way it will need to operate in the next few years.

“We are determined to build on our success. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to appoint to these new positions people from within our company. It is a testament to the depth of talent in Seven West Media.”

Mr Worner praised Mr Chan’s handling of Pacific Magazines. “Nick has done an outstanding job of managing a publishing business through the structural headwinds and we welcome him taking on this new challenge as he applies his skills and experience on a much broader scale,” he said.

“Nick’s role extends across Seven West Media’s businesses and he will be responsible for our company’s ability to produce our content more efficiently as well as securing greater utility from that content.

“Kurt has been enormously successful in creating a culture of innovation within our television sales teams and will now do this across our businesses, leading group sales, data and analytics, Yahoo!7 and our push into Hbb TV and video on demand.”

The full Seven West Media announcement:

Thursday, October 3

Tim Worner, the chief executive officer of Seven West Media, Australia’s largest and best-performing integrated media company, today announced a new structure for the business to build on its strengths in content creation across broadcast television, publishing and online and create new opportunities for future growth.

Commenting, Mr Worner said: “We are a story telling organisation. Our greatest strength is our content and the audiences our content delivers. We are focused on building from these strengths to create and deliver more content and commercialise that content across new and emerging platforms. We are placing innovation at the core of our business and bringing each of our businesses even closer together to deliver new revenue streams.

“We have the best people, brands and management in the business. This new management structure harnesses our people and their skills. It focuses our businesses, drives a leaner operating model and enhances our abilities to create and nurture synergies across our businesses,” Mr Worner said.

As part of the new structure, Seven West Media today announced that Kurt Burnette and Nick Chan have been promoted to new roles within the company, with Mr Burnette now chief revenue officer and Mr Chan now chief operating officer. Chief executive officer, Western Australia, Chris Wharton, continues to report to Mr Worner, leading the company’s significant market-leading presence in Western Australia. Rohan Lund, who recently announced his decision to resign as chief operating officer, moves to a transitioning role to complete a number of key business and operational undertakings.

In addition to today’s announcement of new roles for Nick Chan and Kurt Burnette, also continuing to report to Mr Worner in their current roles are commercial director, Bruce McWilliam; chief financial officer, Dave Boorman; group chief – corporate and regulatory affairs, Bridget Fair; and group human resources Director, Melanie Allibon.

Mr Worner said: “We are competing in a rapidly changing and competitive market. We are listening intently to our customers whether they be viewers, readers or advertisers and we are setting up our business for the way it will need to operate in the next few years. We are determined to build on our success. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to appoint to these new positions people from within our company. It is a testament to the depth of talent in Seven West Media.”

Kurt Burnette, currently chief sales and digital officer for Seven West Media has been promoted to chief revenue officer, responsible for growing the company’s current revenue streams and establishing new revenue opportunities.

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