The Board and Leadership Team

You will find below information about the Southern Cross Austereo Board of Directors and Leadership Team


Peter Bush


Appointed: 25 February 2015

Board Committees: Chairman, Nomination Committee

Peter Bush is Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Prior to his appointment Peter had a distinguished career in executive roles spanning the media, FMCG, advertising and consumer products sectors. He also brings considerable and highly respected public company directorship experience to Southern Cross Media Group.

Mr Bush is currently Chairman of Pacific Brands, Chairman of Mantra Group and has also served on the boards of Nine Entertainment Holdings, Insurance Australia Group, Miranda Wines, McDonalds Australia Limited and Lion Nathan.


Leon Pasternak

Deputy Chairman

Appointed: 26 September 2005

Board Committees: Chairman, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Leon Pasternak is Deputy Chairman of the Board. In June 2014, following the resignation of Tony Bell, he was appointed Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Until July 2010, Leon was a senior corporate partner at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) specialising in mergers and acquisitions, public finance and corporate reorganisations. Until February 2014, Leon held the positions of Vice Chairman and Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Markets (Australia) Pty Limited (a subsidiary of Bank of America) with responsibility for the financial institutions group and mergers and acquisitions.

Leon was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee until his resignation in September 2014.


Chris de Boer


Appointed: 20 September 2005

Board Committees: Chairman, Audit and Risk Committee; Member, Nomination and Risk Committee

Chris de Boer is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Chris is a chartered accountant and has had various careers in investment banking, business consulting, stockbroking and direct investment, gaining experience in initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, bond issues and financial advice across London, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, in both domestic and cross-border deals.


Helen Nash


Appointed 23 April 2015

Board Committees: Audit and Risk Committee

Helen joined the board of Southern Cross in April 2015. Helen has more than 20 years’ experience in brands and marketing, including seven years in fast moving consumer goods at Procter & Gamble, followed by three years in publishing at IPC Media. Helen held a variety of senior executive roles at McDonald’s Australia Ltd over a period of nearly ten years, including the position of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing restaurant operations, marketing, menu, insights and research and information technology. Helen is currently a Non-Executive Director of Blackmores Limited (since October 2013) and Pacific Brands Ltd (since August 2013) and is Chair of Remuneration Committees of both companies.


Peter Harvie


Appointed: 1 August 2011

Board Committees: Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Peter Harvie is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Peter has more than 45 years’ experience in the advertising, marketing and media industries. Prior to his appointment Peter was the Executive Chairman of Austereo Group Limited from 2001 until May 2011, Executive Chairman of Austereo Pty Ltd, Managing Director of the Triple M Network and founder and Managing Director of the Clemenger Harvie advertising agency from 1974 to 1993.


Kathy Gramp


Appointed: 1 September 2014

Board Committees: Audit and Risk Committee

Kathy Gramp has had a long executive career, primarily in commercial radio. Kathy joined Austereo Ltd, Australia’s largest commercial radio network at a senior corporate level. She was appointed Company Secretary in 1994 and Chief Financial Officer in 2003.

As a member of the Executive Committee, Kathy worked closely with the Executive Chairman and CEO to ensure industry leadership in audience, revenue share and earnings. Being Chair of the Project Management Board, Kathy played a key role in maintaining Austereo’s leading position in terms of world’s best practice across the broader business, including sales, programming, HR, IT, digital media and capital projects.

Kathy has over 15 years’ experience as a Non-Executive director across a broad range of companies, government bodies and other organisations. Kathy is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.


Glen Boreham


Appointed: 1 September 2014

Board Committees: Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Glen Boreham has had a long and distinguished career at IBM culminating in the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand from 2006 to 2010
with responsibility for 15,000 employees and annual revenues of over $4 billion.

Glen has extensive experience in technology but also in traditional and new media through his roles chairing the Australian Government’s Convergence Review of the media industry, and being
the inaugural Chair of Screen Australia from 2008 to 2014. Screen Australia is the Australian Government’s agency responsible for developing a competitive film, television and new media industry while providing support for projects of cultural significance.

In addition, Glen has held a number of other roles including serving as a member of the Business Council of Australia; a four-year term as a board member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; and a member of the Australian Government’s Information Technology Innovation Council. He completed three years as the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association in 2010.


Robert Murray


Appointed: 1 September 2014

Board Committees: Audit and Risk Committee

Robert Murray has had a distinguished career in sales, marketing and general management having served most recently as the CEO of Lion (formerly Lion Nathan), including during its acquisition by Kirin Holdings in 2009.

Prior to this Robert worked for Proctor & Gamble Co. for 12 years. Following this he worked for Nestlé for eight years, firstly as MD of the UK Food business, and from 2000 to 2004 as CEO of Nestlé
Oceania. In 2004 Robert became CEO of Lion Nathan Limited, including during its acquisition by Kirin Holdings.

Robert is a former Non-Executive Director of Lion (formerly Lion Nathan) one of Australasia’s leading food and beverage companies. He serves on the International Advisory Board of Kirin Holdings Company Limited, a global integrated beverages company that is the parent of Lion.


Grant Blackley

CEO and Managing Director

Appointed: 29 June 2015

Grant Blackley joined the Board in June 2015 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Grant’s media industry career spans over 30 years during which time he served in numerous senior leadership roles at the TEN Network, including CEO from 2005 to 2010. Throughout this period he also held Directorships at Free TV and Freeview Australia. Prior to becoming CEO, Grant served in key roles in network sales, digital media and multi-channel program development as well as being responsible for group strategy, acquisitions and executive development programs. Prior to joining Southern Cross Austereo, Grant was CEO of the Keystone Group, Partner in RGM Artists and Founder of Four Seasons Media.


Nick McKechnie

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: 8 September 2014

Nick McKechnie is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience. Nick was the CFO of ConnectEast from 2009 to 2014 and Group Financial Controller from 2007 to 2009. Prior to this role Nick held a variety of senior finance roles at Virgin Media in the UK and commenced his career with Arthur Andersen.

Tony Hudson

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Appointed: 24 September 2015

Tony Hudson has over 20 years’ experience in senior legal and governance roles.  Tony was General Counsel and Company Secretary at ConnectEast from 2005 until 2015.  Before that, Tony was a partner of Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst Australia), working in the firm’s Melbourne office and from 1993 until 2000 in its Jakarta associated office.  Tony is also a director of The Wheeler Centre, the centrepiece of Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.