SCA appoints former APN and Fairfax exec to lead people & culture

Staff Writer

Southern Cross Austereo has appointed Annaliese van Riet as its chief people & culture officer.

Van Riet has more than 15 years experience as a people, culture and human resources leader.

She joins the radio and television broadcaster amid a major restructure, with about 90 staffers losing their jobs last week.

Up until late last year, Van Riet was the general manager people, culture & performance at APN Outdoor, working closely with CEO James Warburton, transforming its culture through a period of growth and subsequent acquisition by JCDecaux.

Most recently, van Riet has been consulting to DoorDash, the US-based food delivery giant, enabling its successful expansion into the Australian marketplace – its first footprint outside of North America.

She has also held senior strategic HR positions at music tech platform Pandora and Fairfax Media, through periods of growth and contraction.

In her new role, van Riet will join the newly expanded leadership team at SCA, along with Nikki Clarkson who was last month promoted to chief marketing & communications officer, and the soon to be appointed chief content officer.

“Annaliese has unrivalled experience in the media sector and has been instrumental in building talent, creating enviable cultures and overseeing a major acquisition,” said SCA chief executive Grant Blackley.

“The breadth of experience that Annaliese brings to our business is valuable and we are delighted she is joining us.

“In recognition of the importance of people to our business, and retaining and building upon our award-winning culture, Annaliese will also join the executive leadership team.”

Van Riet’s role is effective from January 20 nect year.

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