SCA’s New CEO and Managing Director
The Southern Cross Media Board has just announced Grant Blackley as the new SCA CEO and Managing Director.
Grant brings 30 years media experience to the role including leadership at Network Ten.
He was CEO for five years 2005 to 2010 and also served in key roles prior in media sales, digital media and multi-channel program development as well as being responsible for group strategy, acquisitions and executive development programs.
“I have had the opportunity to observe Grant in his various media industry roles over some time and I have a great deal of respect for his expertise and achievements in media sales, strategy and executive team development in particular,”said Chairman Peter Bush.
“My Board colleagues have also been very impressed through our discussions with Grant over recent weeks.
“With Rhys Holleran stepping down recently and due to leave Southern Cross Austereo after 18 years in various leadership roles, it was very important to us that we recruit an executive with extensive media industry experience and proven capacity in team development and talent management.
“Reinvigorating Southern Cross Austereo’s sales strategy, programming and talent management is a key requirement of the Board and we are confident that Grant is the right person to lead that process from here.
“In addition, with the potential opportunities and challenges that could flow from mooted media ownership rule changes in future, Grant’s extensive media industry knowledge and network will be a distinct advantage,”said Peter Bush.
Grant Blackley will join SCA from June 29th from his current CEO position with the national restaurant group, The Keystone Group. He is also founder and CEO of Four Seasons Media, a media consultancy, content owner, investor and management group. And has an interest in RGM Artists, one of Australia’s leading talent agencies. He will step down from those positions when joining SCA.
“Since leaving the TEN Network, I have spent time enjoying a diverse range of business challenges but the more I thought about the opportunity to join the Southern Cross Austereo team, the more interested I became.
“This is a company with great brands, a highly engaged group of talented people and the scope to build additional and new streams of sustainable revenue and earnings.
“Media is a tough industry but it is also a highly creative and dynamic sector and with the right vision, strategies and leadership I believe Southern Cross Austereo has a strong future”, said Grant Blackley .