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 to 2017, Gold Corporation and the West Coast Eagles Football Club.
Chris was a member of the WA Olympic Team Appeal Committee from 2000 to 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.