James Warburton

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Warburton is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media Limited.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of Seven West Media, Mr Warburton was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of APN Outdoor where he led a significant transformation and turnaround at the company before departing in late 2018 when APN Outdoor was acquired by JCDecaux for a record valuation. Before his appointment to APN Outdoor, Mr Warburton was the Chief Executive Officer of Supercars for five years.

In this position, Mr Warburton drove significant growth in the sport and delivered unprecedented broadcast, sponsorship and funding deals. Mr Warburton has also held senior leadership roles at media buying company Universal McCann, he was Chief Digital and Sales Officer of the Seven Media Group, and he was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Network 10.

Kurt Burnette

Chief Revenue Officer

Mr Burnette is responsible for growing the company’s current revenue streams and establishing new revenue opportunities for Seven West Media. He is also responsible for the company’s business development process including the activation of an ‘incubator’ for new revenue opportunities as the company expands its presence beyond broadcast television and publishing. Prior to his appointment as Chief Revenue Officer was Chief Sales and Digital Officer for Seven West Media. In a twenty year career with the Seven Network, Mr Burnette has also been Sports Sales Manager, Sydney Sales Director and Network Director of Sales.

Maryna Fewster

Chief Executive Officer - SWM WA

After emigrating to New Zealand in 1997, Ms Fewster was appointed at iHug, a New Zealand internet service provider.

In 2003, iHug was acquired by iiNet, an Australian based Telco. As part of the iiNet leadership group and as Chief Operating Officer of iiNet, Ms Fewster had an integral role in driving organic growth while ensuring the acquisitions undertaken by iiNet were effectively integrated across people, culture and systems.

Following her departure from iiNet in 2015, Ms Fewster took a consulting role reporting to the Board of ASX listed Seven West Media Ltd, on the operational performance of the WA business. This led to Ms Fewster's appointment firstly as COO of SWM WA and then most recently as CEO of SWM WA.

Ms Fewster is a non-executive director of Celebrate WA, Burswood Limited and Edith Cowan College.

Jeff Howard

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Howard has been Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media since 20 January 2020. Prior to joining SWM, Mr Howard served as CFO of HT&E Limited from 2012, delivering strategic financial leadership while executing on strategy and driving shareholder value. Mr Howard has extensive experience in business transformation and growth in the media sector, including through mergers and acquisitions. 

Mr Howard is a Chartered Accountant with more than nine years’ experience in banking at ABN AMRO and RBS and prior that worked with KPMG for 10 years. He completed his Executive MBA with the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2005, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Katie McGrath

Chief People and Culture Officer

Ms McGrath joined Seven West Media as Group Executive, Human Resources in June 2017 from ASX listed Enero Group where she was Global Human Resources Director.

Prior to joining Enero Group in 2010, Ms McGrath was National Head of Staffing for Bain & Company and has held senior human resources roles for two decades including roles at Commonwealth Bank, SMS Management & Technology and Singtel Optus.

Ms McGrath holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and a Post Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney.

Bruce McWilliam

Commercial Director

Mr McWilliam was appointed Commercial Director of Seven Network Limited in May 2003 and has been a Director of Seven Network since September 2003, and a Director of SMG since December 2006. Mr McWilliam was a former Director of BSkyB, Executive Director News International Television and General Counsel, News International plc. Previously, Mr McWilliam was a partner of law firms Gilbert & Tobin, Turnbull McWilliam and Allen Allen & Hemsley specialising in media and commercial law.  

Gereurd Roberts

Chief Digital Officer

Mr Roberts is the Chief Digital Officer of Seven West Media, having been appointed to the role in December 2019. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific, the publishing and digital arm of SWM, and led the sale of the business to Bauer Media Australia in May 2020.

As Chief Digital Officer, Mr Roberts is responsible for the development, growth and innovation of SWM’s digital assets, as well as Broadcast Operations, Information Technology and Cyber Security. Alongside his current role, Mr Roberts is also the Chairperson of industry body ThinkPremiumDigital, and a Non-Executive Director of TX Australia/NPC Media and also Freeview Australia.

With a career in media spanning more than 20 years, Mr Roberts has also held senior roles across ACP and Guardian Media Group UK, and is a graduate of Columbia Business School.

Ben Roberts-Smith

General Manager, Seven Network Brisbane and Queensland

Ben Roberts-Smith served with distinction in the Australian Military for 19 years. Over a decade of that was spent within Special Operations and included operational deployments to East Timor, Fiji, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

In 2013, Ben launched his own consultancy, RS Group Australia, and advised numerous national clients across a variety of sectors in relation to corporate culture, strategic restructuring and change management.

Ben holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2015 Ben was appointed Deputy General Manager for the Seven Network for Regional Queensland and in June that year was promoted to General Manager. 2016 saw a restructure of operations within Seven West Media and Ben’s responsibilities expanded to include the metropolitan market. Ben is currently the General Manager of the Seven Network in Brisbane and Regional Queensland.

Angus Ross

Director of Network Programming

Mr Ross, appointed Director of Network Programming in February 2012, is responsible for the commissioning and acquisition of all entertainment content across Seven West Media’s suite of channels – 7, 7TWO, 7mate, 7flix and 7plus.

Previous roles at Seven include Head of Program Scheduling and Acquisitions; Sydney Program Manager; Daytime Programmer and Head of Research.

Prior to joining Seven, Mr Ross worked for two years as a consultant for television research group Audience Development Australia.

Mr Ross holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), from the University of South Australia.

Charlotte Valente

Chief Marketing Officer

Ms Valente is Seven West Media’s first Chief Marketing Officer, appointed to the role in October 2019. Ms Valente has over two decades of industry experience, both domestically and internationally across senior marketing roles.

Prior to joining SWM, Ms Valente was General Manager, B2B at Big Red Group, with other roles held including General Manager Marketing at APN Outdoor. Ms Valente has delivered work for globally-regarded brands including the BBC and Guardian Media Group.