Our People

About Us

Our People

MediaWorks is New Zealand's largest independent broadcaster, and reaches 3.8 million Kiwis through its TV, Radio and Digital platforms. The company is owned by Oaktree Capital and governed by a Board of Directors; Rod McGeoch (chair), Julie Christie, Jack Matthews and Paul Lockey. MediaWorks is led by David Chalmers, Acting CEO.

Senior Management

David Chalmers - Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, MediaWorks

David joined MediaWorks in May 2015 to lead the company's finance team, before being appointed Acting Group Chief Executive Officer in May 2016.  He draws on extensive digital and online experience, including recent roles as CFO and interim CEO of a leading ASX-listed Australian online business.  David worked for Macquarie Capital's Investment Banking and Private Equity business from 2002-2010 in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Australia.

Treacy Bell - Chief People Officer

Treacy joined MediaWorks in April 2015 . She is an Experienced HR leader who has worked in a variety of industries at executive level both in NZ, Australia and globally. Her experience has predominantly focused on change, leadership and developing people strategies to support the growth and performance agendas.

Wendy Palmer – Chief Executive Officer, MediaWorks Radio

Wendy Palmer has held senior management positions across the Radio industry in a career spanning more than 25 years. She was General Manager for MediaWorks' Auckland Radio operation for seven years, having joined the company in 2005 as General Manager of More FM. Wendy founded Market Pulse, a market leader in field marketing, merchandising and customer measurement with offices in Auckland, Sydney, Bangkok, and Cape Town, and has held management roles at Radio Hauraki and 89FM.

Tom Cotter - Chief Information and Product Officer

Tom Cotter has 15 years' experience in developing and implementing digital strategy. As General Manager for Digital Media at TVNZ from 2007-2014 he led the digital growth strategy. He was Strategy Leader for Telecom's New Media and Emerging Services, Head of Product and Content Strategy for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (PlayStation), and Head of Games for Virgin Media UK.

Andrew Szusterman - Chief Content Officer

Andrew Szusterman's extensive TV and Radio career includes three years as Group Programming Director for MediaWorks Radio, and co-executive producing The X Factor NZ and New Zealand's Next Top Model. A former Head of Music for MTV UK and Ireland, Andrew established MediaWorks' music channel C4 and was Associate Director of Programming for MediaWorks TV.

Andy Brown - Chief Marketing & Data Officer

Andy has over 25 years working in the fields of data analysis and marketing. He has experience working for major entertainment brands in the UK including Sky Sports, Sky News, Sky Atlantic, Channel 4, MTV and ESPN. Andy has been appointed to head up data and marketing; integrating an analytical basis of understanding for delivering to our customers and audiences.

Mark David - Chief Commercial Officer

Mark joined MediaWorks in February 2016. His TV career began at TVNZ in 1989, and spanned responsibilities across research, sponsorship, online advertising and agency sales. Moving to the UK in 1998, Mark held senior executive positions at MTV Europe, Chello Zone (Liberty Global) and JumpTV. Over the last eight years Mark has successfully co-founded three start-up companies including Made Television (UK’s largest local TV network).

Glen Kyne - Chief New Ventures Officer

Glen has an outstanding media background, and has led commercial strategy in the areas of radio integration, digital and music streaming services. Branded Content: Is an area of the media market that is accelerating in growth, and an area in which we have all the assets, talent and capability to be the true market leader. Glen will be leading the establishment of a new branded content area.

Hal Crawford, Chief News Officer

Hal Crawford is MediaWorks’ Chief News Officer, having joined the organisation in July 2016.  In his role he manages Newshub, one of New Zealand’s largest news services.  Prior to joining MediaWorks, Hal was Editor in Chief and Publisher of ninemsn in Australia where he led substantial audience and revenue growth over a nine year period, managing a network of 60+ sites used daily by millions of Australians. Hal began his career in newspapers and has worked in Australia and globally in print and broadcast media.  He has lectured in journalism at Melbourne’s La Trobe University and founded a social media research company, Share Wars.  Prior to moving to New Zealand, Hal also sat on the Australian Press Council.