Nine board hits gender parity while Seven lags behind | Women's Agenda

Nine board hits gender parity while Seven lags behind

The Nine Entertainment board will soon hit gender parity, following the appointment of marketing specialist Janette Kendall to the board.

She will be the third woman on the now six-person board, which also includes Samantha Lewis and Catherine West.

Nine has issued an ASX statement today on the appointment, noting that Janette brings significant advertising, digital and marketing experience to the board.

As The Australian’s Will Glasgow pointed out on Twitter, the appointment means Nine now has three times as many board directors as Seven.

The Seven board has just one female board member, Michelle Deaker.

Janette has more than 23 years board experience across public, private and not-for-profit organisations, covering industries ranging from technology, to advertising, digital media, supermarkets and the arts.

She is also on the boards of Costa, Wellcom Worldwide, and the Melbourne Theatre Company. She was the former general manager of Crown Melbourne, and a mentee in the AICD’s Chairman’s Mentoring program in 2016.

Nine chairman Peter Costello said Janette brings significant consumer and advertising experience to the board, as well as “a specific understanding of companies that have been impacted by the digital age. We are all looking forward to working with her”.

Janette said on her appointment: “I am excited to join the NEC Board. Given my background in marketing, advertising, and digital, I have a natural affinity for the media industry and am also drawn to businesses that are undergoing change. NEC is clearly embracing the issues facing the media sector and I am looking forward to working with them as they continue to transform their business.”

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