Nine has today announced the appointment of Maria Phillips as Nine’s chief financial officer, effective August 31, 2020. Phillips will report to Nine’s CEO, Hugh Marks.
The appointment follows the shock departure of former CFO Paul Koppelman who quit the post in July after just 10 months citing family reasons.
Until recently, Phillips was the chief financial officer at Velocity Frequent Flyer, where she played a key role through the sale process of private equity’s stake to Virgin. Prior to this, Phillips held senior executive roles at Telstra, Foxtel and SingTel Optus.
Educated in the UK, and with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and Business degree, Phillips is a Certified Practising Accountant, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Announcing the appointment of Phillips, Marks said “I am delighted to appoint Maria to the role of CFO. Maria has extensive experience across a broad range of consumer-related industries, including media. Her track record of driving strategy and transformation, particularly in the digital and technology space, will prove invaluable during this period of change in the media sector. And her passion and energy will mean she is a great fit with our leadership team at Nine.”
Phillips said of her appointemnt: “I am excited about joining Nine at this time. I have been so impressed by what the Company has achieved, as it transforms to the digital age, and look forward to contributing to that continuing evolution. I feel a real affinity to the media sector, and in Australia, Nine is the stand-out – well positioned to continue to grow and re-define its business and I am looking forward to being part of that.”