Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Peter Lewis Appointed to ABC Board

2 October 2014

The Australian Government has appointed Mr Peter Lewis to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board as a non-executive director.

Mr Lewis' distinguished career in the media industry includes executive financial roles at Seven West Media Limited, Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation, the Seven Network Limited and Network Ten. He is currently the Director of Finance for Acquire Learning, an education and employment company in Melbourne.

He has held numerous board positions including Australian News Channel Pty Ltd, TXA Australia Pty Ltd and Yahoo 7 Australia.

Mr Lewis assisted the Department of Communications conduct an efficiency study of the ABC and SBS earlier this year.

He will be a valuable addition to the ABC Board, bringing with him extensive and deep industry knowledge and experience. Mr Lewis has been appointed for five years.

Mr Lewis' appointment follows his recommendation by the independent Nomination Panel for the ABC and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Board Appointments. 

The Nomination Panel conducted an independent merit-based process to identify suitable candidates to fill the vacant ABC non-executive director role in line with legislative requirements under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983.

Media contact: David Bold: 0423 202 369

Peter Lewis – Background

Mr Lewis is currently the Director of Finance for Acquire Learning and a member of the Advisory Board for Anacacia Capital and has previously held board and advisory positions with the International Grammar School Sydney, TXA Australia Pty Ltd, Norwest Productions Pty Ltd, Propex Derivatives, Australian News Channel Pty Ltd, B Digital Limited, VividWireless Limited and Yahoo 7 Australia.

Mr Lewis has more than two decades of experience in both executive and financial roles in the media. He was appointed financial controller of the Network Ten between 1990 and 1994; the Head of Business Affairs for the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation between 1996 and 1998, Chief Financial Officer of the Seven Network Limited from 1998 to April 2010, was the Chief Financial Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited from May 2010 to November 2011; was the Chief Operating Officer of Seven Media Group from July 2008 to January 2012 and was the Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited from May 2011 to May 2013. 

Mr Lewis is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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