Seven West Media has confirmed the appointment of a new chief, Gereurd Roberts.
The ASX-listed media group said Roberts will take up his new post next conclusion of the sale of Pacific Publications to Bauer Media, which is expected to be confirmed by the end of 2019, undecided regulatory approval.
The CDO role will see Roberts accountable for transmission operations, digital product and technology and IT, who reports directly into recently installed managing director and CEO, James Warburton. Roberts has spent the last three years as CEO of Pacific Magazines, and before maintained general management, commercial, publisher and editorial roles for organizations including Guardian News & Media and ACP.
Roberts will take up many of the tasks previously held by Clive Dickens, who left SWM in March to become VP of television, content and product for Optus. His selection also comes after the media group confirmed its first chief marketing officer, Charlotte Valente, in October.
Warburton remarked in the announcement. Through our broadcast video-on-demand service, 7plus, which has grown 51% year after year, and 7news.com.au, we’re well-positioned for the future. Gereurd will build on the digital growth he delivered at Pacific, where he grew the digital footprint by 70 per cent in his new role.
He also mentioned that 7news.com.au had recognized itself as one of Australia’s top five news websites since launching seven months ago.