IWD 2018: Hugh Marks on cultural change at Nine as he launches three initiatives

‘We are pleased to have a 50/50 gender split on our board.’

In a note to staff today, Nine Entertainment Co CEO Hugh Marks said: At Nine we have made great strides in our cultural change to educate and provide more opportunities to the many great women who make up our workforce. I want to thank all those who have supported this change and encouraged those around them to embrace a new way forward for our business.

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From a corporate perspective, we are pleased to have a 50/50 gender split on our board, having reached this level without the need to mandate for a quota and on our own accord, long before any of our peers.

We have similar numbers across our executive and senior leadership teams.

At a consumer level, we connect with more Australian women than any other local media organisation. We achieve this because we provide inspiration, education, knowledge and entertainment that resonates and we work hard to understand our audience through investing in research.

Marks then announced the launch of a number of initiatives:

• This year we’ll launch our new business, Future Women. Future Women is a platform dedicated to the advancement of women. Subscription-based, it will offer its members access to exclusive events, forums, networking opportunities and intelligent journalism.

• The 9Mentor programs are designed to support the career progression and development of women at Nine. We have two programs on offer, the Women at Nine program and the 9Gen program.

• Through Her Lens is a video and event series to showcase the stories behind Nine’s leading women and share inspiration and knowledge.

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