Southern Cross boss Grant Blackley (above) will be joined by FFA’s John Kelly. Photo: Robert ShakespeareSouthern Cross Austereo has appointed John Kelly as its chief operating officer, a newly created role in the regional television and national radio broadcaster.
Mr Kelly, who is currently Football Federation Australia COO, will join Southern Cross at the beginning of February where he will join the revamped management team under chief executive Grant Blackley.
Mr Kelly previous spent more than 16 years at Ten Network Holdings where he rose to chief financial officer and worked with Mr Blackley who was at the free-to-air broadcaster between 1997 and 2011, first as general manager of network sales then as chief executive.
“John’s appointment is a key element in building Southern Cross Austereo’s management team, who are responsible for leading the company’s success,” Mr Blackley said.
“His strong strategic focus and management skills, demonstrated by his long senior career in both media and sport will be invaluable in building a stronger and more successful Southern Cross Austereo.”
Mr Kelly, who joined the FFA in 2012 as CFO then moved on to COO, said: “I am excited at the opportunity of joining Grant and the leadership team of Southern Cross Austereo, to further advance improved performance of such a significant group of media assets.”
Mr Blackley, who joined Southern Cross in June, has undertaken a range of management changes in his short reign.
In 2015 the company has brought in Brian Gallagher as chief sales officer, Vijay Solanki as chief digital enablement officer, Creina Chapman as head of regulatory affairs and Tony Hudson as general counsel.
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