Chris Wharton

AM; AIM

Chairman

Chris Wharton is the former Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media WA, retiring from full time work in April 2017.

He was responsible for all Seven West Media assets in Western Australia, including The West Australian, The Sunday Times, West Regional Publications (21 mastheads), its on-line properties thewest.com.au and Perthnow, WA Publishers, Redwave Media (nine regional radio licences) and Channel Seven Perth.

In 2011, as CEO of the publicly-listed West Australian Newspapers (Holdings), Chris led the multi-billion acquisition of the Seven Media Group, which today is Seven West Media.

He was Chief Executive Officer of West Australian Newspapers (Holdings) from December 2008.

His position prior to this was Managing Director of Channel Seven Perth Pty Limited, a post he held for nine years.

He began his career as a journalist and worked in all areas of newspaper management in Sydney before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perth’s Community Newspaper Group in 1995.

In 2013, he became Chairman of Community Newspaper Group.

His community and business involvement includes board memberships of the Telethon Trust from 2000- 2017, Gold Corporation and the West Coast Eagles Football Club.

Mr Wharton was a member of the WA Olympic Team Appeal Committee from 2000-2017. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Councillor and Vice President of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also a former member of the Committee for Perth.

He was awarded an AM in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday honours for services to the print and broadcast industries and for services to the community.

Michael Arnold

AICD

Group Managing Director 

Mr Arnold has extensive experience in the areas of international supply, product sales and distribution, logistics and supply chain. He is the founder of Stealth Global Holdings.

His previous positions include Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of ADG Global Supply (ASX listed entity) until June 2013, where he was responsible for developing business strategy, global infrastructure, business development, operational capabilities and leading growth from $32m to $83m within two years from 2010-2012.

Previous to this he was the Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Logistics for nine years (a joint venture company held between Australia Post and Mr Arnold) and at the same time held the role of Group General Manager of SWADS (2004-2006), one of Australia’s then largest privately-owned logistics companies that was later sold to Australia Post. Collectively Lakewood and SWADS produced a combined turnover of $102m.

Mr Arnold is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Groppoli

B.Juris; LLB; FAICD

Non-Executive Director 

Mr Groppoli is the Principal of GlenForest Corporate, a boutique legal strategy and board advisory firm based in Perth. Mr Groppoli is also a director of Senses Foundation, a leading NFP organisation providing support, amongst other services, to deaf and deaf/blind patients.

Mr Groppoli was a partner of national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright) from 1987 to 2004 where he specialised in franchising, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He was also the managing partner of the Perth office of Deacons from 1998 to 2002.

Mr Groppoli left private legal practice at the end of 2004 and was until July 2018, the Managing Director of Milner’s Brand Marketing, a leading Australian brand marketing group specialising in premium international homeware brands, and Aviva Mann Optical Group, Australia’s largest importer and national distributor of optical products and accessories. Mr Groppoli was for a period of 13 years a non-executive director of Automotive Holdings Group Ltd (ASX:AHG) stepping down at the end of September 2019. During that time, John was also Chairman of their Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Mr Groppoli was the Chairman of public unlisted entities Retravision (WA) and Electcom which managed and serviced the Retravision, Westcoast Hi Fi and Fridge & Washer City retail brands in WA, SA and NT.

Alan Cransberg

B.C.E (Hons), AIM

Non-Executive Director 

Mr Cransberg has enormous experience in the Industrial services industry, as well as having held various executive positions on boards of companies across many industry sectors.

Mr Cransberg retired in April 2016, preceding his retirement he was Chairman & Managing Director for Alcoa of Australia and President of Global Refining, directly responsible for $5 billion in annual production and sales of Alumina. Mr Cransberg has a broad range of experiences from his 36 years at Alcoa, which include engineering, finance, research and development, operations (mining, refining and smelting) and senior management positions.

Other positions Mr Cransberg has previously held were as former Chairman of the West Coast Eagles Football Club, Founding Non-Executive Director of The Foundation for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children, Chairman of the Australian Aluminium Council 2010-2013 and Deputy Chairman 2013-2015. He was a Founding Member of CEO’s for Gender Equity 2012-2015, Non-Executive Director Australian Institute of Management 2008-2010, Non-Executive Director Chamber of Commerce & Industry 2008-2010, Member of Australian Business Arts Foundation 2008-2013, Chairman of Peel Region Employment Initiative 1996-1998 and Patron of the Peel Health Campus 2012-2014.

Mr Cransberg currently sits on the board of UWA Business School, John Swire and Sons, SAS Resources Trust, Black Swan State Theatre Company and the Wirrpanda Foundation.

Karen Logan

BComm; Grad Dip AppCorpGov; ACIS; AGIA; F Fin; GAICD

Company Secretary 

Ms Logan is a Chartered Secretary with extensive compliance, capital raising, merger and acquisition, IPO and backdoor listing experience in a diverse range of industries including technology, media, resources, health care and life science. She has assisted a substantial number of private start-ups and established businesses transition to being publicly-listed companies for over 15 years.

Ms Logan has participated as a mentor of the University of Western Australia’s Career Mentor Link program for over 9 years.  She is the founder and principal of a consulting firm and company secretary of a number of ASX-listed companies, providing corporate services to those clients.