Mike Sneesby Appointed CEO at Nine Entertainment

Nine Entertainment has announced that Mike Sneesby will take the helm as Chief Executive Officer following the decision by the current CEO, Hugh Marks, to step down.

Sneesby is an experienced media executive and has been the CEO of Stan Entertainment since its inception.

“We are pleased to make such a significant appointment. Under Mike’s leadership, Nine will be able to maintain the strong momentum it has built in audience, subscribers, content, revenue and earnings,” said NEC Chairman Peter Costello.


 

“Mike is well placed to continue to drive Nine’s transformation as a digitally led business which is actively adapting to meet the contemporary media consumption habits of Australians.”

Marks finished his term as Chief Executive Officer on March 31st and will remain available to assist with a handover to Sneesby in the following months.

“I also want to pay tribute to the remarkable tenure of Hugh Marks, who in 2015, inherited a legacy television business with a market capitalisation of around $1.3bn. Through the combined strength that came from the Nine-Fairfax merger, our current market capitalisation has grown to just over $5bn,” added Costello.

“This is a remarkable turn-around and Hugh has my sincere thanks and gratitude for his work. His time as CEO has seen Nine make a number of key strategic decisions, which not only redefined Nine but changed the wider media landscape in Australia.”


 

Sneesby was formerly the CEO of the Microsoft/Nine e-commerce joint venture, Cudo, up until its sale in 2013.

“I am honored to be entrusted with this important role, to be the custodian for many of Australia’s most important, valuable and iconic media brands. I have worked alongside my colleagues at Nine for many years and I look forwarding to building our future together as we embrace the opportunities presented in the emerging and growing digital future,” said Sneesby.

“The Nine family is made up of journalists, technicians, producers and so many dedicated to their craft, it will be the honor of a lifetime to lead them.”

Sneesby holds an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

 

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