The Board of New Zealand’s MediaWorks has announced that Wendy Palmer has agreed to stay on as CEO.
Ms Palmer had been serving as interim CEO following the departure of previous CEO Cam Wallace. She oversaw the sudden closure of Auckland-based talkback, news and sport radio network Today FM in March 2023 as part of cost-cutting measures.
Ms Palmer has spent a good part of her career at MediaWorks, working her way from Manager of More FM Auckland to CEO of the radio business before leaving the business in 2017 to focus on her market research company. In 2019 the media industry called again and Wendy joined the NZME executive team as Chief Radio and Commercial Officer.
Board Director Barclay Nettlefold said “Wendy is a highly capable leader and has proved to be a steady pair of hands over the past six months. With more than 25 years of deep industry experience, she is one of the most respected media executives in Aotearoa. The Board is confident Wendy is the best person to take the business forward over this next period to continue to grow its market-leading radio, outdoor and digital platforms.
Ms Palmer will take up the role on her return from a long-planned family holiday in September. In her absence MediaWorks Chief Financial Officer Mike Asbridge will take up the reins, supported by the executive team.