Cathy O’Connor, CEO – NOVA Entertainment

Cathy O’Connor – Chief Executive Officer of NOVA Entertainment

NOVA Entertainment owns and operates the national Nova Network, the most listened to metro network in Australia, smoothfm in Sydney and Melbourne, the talk station FIVEaa in Adelaide and Star 104.5 on the Central Coast of NSW. NOVA Entertainment also has three digital radio stations smoothfm, Coles Radio and Koffee.

Cathy entered the radio industry in 1985 and worked in sales roles at both 2SM and 2GB in Sydney. Her management career began at Austereo in 1991 where she held the roles of Agency Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and General Manager. Cathy joined dmg Radio Australia (now NOVA Entertainment) as Managing Director in January 2003 and was appointed to the position of CEO on 1 October 2008.

Since joining NOVA Entertainment, Cathy has been involved in the completion and evolution of the national Nova Network, including the launches of Nova Adelaide and Brisbane, as well as the smoothfm stations in May 2012.

Cathy works with the NOVA Entertainment senior management team across Australia with the goal of delivering new levels of innovation and creativity in commercial radio to both listeners and advertisers.

Career achievements include the Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award for the Private Sector – over 100 Employees Category (1996), and Cathy was also awarded a Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society in Business Leadership in 2003, recognising her significant career achievements.

Cathy has served on the Board of Commercial Radio Australia since 2006, and held the role of Chair from 2009 to 2012. Cathy is also a Governor of the Board of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

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