Executive Team

 

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Michael Boggs

Chief Executive Officer

Michael was appointed CEO of New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) in March 2016. Prior to that he held the Chief Financial Officer position at NZME. Michael’s core focus at NZME has been to develop and implement a group wide strategy to accelerate growth across NZME’s brands particularly in the areas of subscription and classified offerings, digital and video content, while ensuring the sustainable growth of the company’s traditional print and radio platforms.

Michael has extensive senior executive experience including as Chief Financial Officer at leading insurance company Tower Limited. While at Tower, Michael managed the company’s multibillion-dollar assets, its Pacific Islands operations, earthquake recovery programme and the sale of Tower’s life insurance, health insurance and investment management businesses. This industry leading work was recognised in 2014 when Michael was awarded CFO of the year at the annual New Zealand CFO Awards. Michael also has significant background in the telecommunications and technology sectors with executive roles in the finance, commercial and business functions of major organisations including Telstra’s New Zealand operations. 

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Shayne Currie

Managing Editor

As Managing Editor, a role he took up in 2015, Shayne is responsible for NZME's 300-plus journalists and the company's editorial and news strategy. His role includes overseeing NZME’s unique mix of digital, print, audio and visual storytelling across the New Zealand Herald, nzherald.co.nz, Newstalk ZB, Radio Sport, NZME’s five regional daily newspapers and more than 20 community titles.  

In 2019, Shayne helped overesee the successful launch of NZ Herald Premium digital subscriptions and he has helped lead some of the most significant projects at the Herald in the past 15 years including the launch of the Herald on Sunday in 2004 and the Herald's move to compact format in 2012. He is a former editor of the NZ Herald and Herald on Sunday, and celebrated his 30th year in journalism in 2019, including two decades in senior editorial leadership roles across New Zealand. In 2016 he was awarded the Wolfson Scholarship at Cambridge University in the UK, studying audience patterns in the digital age. 

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Paul Hancox

Chief Revenue Officer

Paul joined the NZME Executive Team as Chief Revenue Officer in 2019. In this role Paul is accountable for agency and key customer revenues, including programmatic, trading and integration performance.Prior to joining the NZME Executive team, Paul led a significant commercial portfolio at NZME as Head of Agency, Enterprise, Events, Partnerships, Government and Rural, a role he took up in January 2018.

Prior to this, Paul spent 9 years in various senior roles at MediaWorks including as Group Head of Revenue where he successfully designed, implemented and managed the integration of the TV and radio sales teams. Paul brings with him 25 years of experience in the media industry including a 9-year stint with The Radio Network early in his career, operating in a variety of roles including as Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport Sales and Marketing Manager.

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David Mackrell

Chief Financial Officer

David was appointed Chief Financial Officer of NZME in March 2019, leading NZME’s Finance, Technology and Strategy functions. He moved to NZME from Heartland Bank where he was their Chief Financial Officer.

David started his professional career at Ernst & Young as an Auditor before joining Air New Zealand in 1992. His career at Air New Zealand spanned 25 years and a large gamut of senior financial and commercial roles, finishing with the company as Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

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Laura Maxwell

Chief Digital Officer

Laura was appointed Chief Digital Officer in August 2017 and is responsible for growing digital business across NZME, including OneRoof, DRIVEN and GrabOne.  Laura’s connection to NZME began in 2013 when she started out at The Radio Network as a Commercial Director, moving in 2014 to the position of Group Director Digital Media across the APN group. In 2015, Laura was appointed Group Revenue Director, a role that transitioned to Chief Commercial Officer as part of the NZME transformation.

Prior to joining the NZME group, Laura held the position of General Manager/Director for Yahoo! New Zealand and previously held the role of Sales Director for both APN Outdoor and Buspak New Zealand.  Laura has over 25 years of experience in media and has held the role of Chair of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and The Radio Bureau.

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Katie Mills

Chief Marketing Officer

Katie joined the NZME Executive Team in December 2018 assuming leadership of the company’s Marketing and Communications functions. Immediately prior, Katie held the role of Group Marketing Director at Aspire2 Group Limited and was previously General Manager (Global) Marketing & Communications at Opus International Consultants.

Along with Katie’s wide marketing industry experience, she also brings to her role, more than 20 years of media-specific experience. 15 of those years were spent at MediaWorks in senior leadership positions including as Head of Marketing, successfully developing and delivering marketing and brand strategies for a portfolio of radio, digital, event and television ventures.

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Wendy Palmer

Chief Radio and Commercial Officer

Wendy joined the NZME Executive Team in November 2019. As Chief Radio and Commercial Officer, she is accountable for revenue growth with the Commercial Direct team across all NZME platforms.  Wendy’s role includes responsibility for the radio business and the content delivery to support audience and revenue growth across NZME’s radio networks. Before starting at NZME Wendy spent 12 years at MediaWorks, where she held senior roles including being appointed Chief Executive of its radio business in 2014.

Wendy is an experienced broadcast media executive with wide industry experience. She has served as Chair of The Radio Bureau and as a Board member of the Radio Broadcasters Association and the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

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Allison Whitney 

General Counsel and Company Secretary 

Allison joined NZME in 2013. As General Counsel she heads up the legal team and manages the provision of legal advice and company secretarial services across NZME, as well as leading NZME's Culture & Performance function. Prior to commencing her role at NZME, Allison held roles both in-house and in private practice, including five years as Legal Counsel at Westpac, six years as Group Legal Advisor to a London-based international media group and three years in private practice at Kensington Swan.

Allison brings over 20 years of legal experience to her role spanning areas from corporate and commercial to intellectual property, consumer and media law.

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Matthew Wilson

Chief Operations Officer

Matt was appointed Chief Operations Officer in December 2016. In this role, Matt is responsible for NZME’s print product performance; driving NZME’s Operations functions including print, distribution, print and digital subscriptions and advertising production. Prior to that, Matt’s role was GM Print Operations for NZME.

His passion for media has resulted in over two decades of experience working across NZME’s newspaper brands, including finance roles in print, commercial, content and corporate through to leading the Newspaper Sales, Print and Herald product functions. During his time, Matt has led the consolidation of newspaper sales and distribution functions across NZME, the development of NZME’s highly successful distribution services business, and customer streams for the launch of Herald on Sunday and NZH Premium digital subscribers.  Matt’s focus on operating performance has driven a strong passion for NZME’s people, their engagement and the culture fostered in the company.