Senior Management Team
Group Chief Executive Officer, Broadcast Australia Group (Executive Committee Member)
Broadcast Australia’s Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jim Hassell rejoined the company from March 2013. Mr Hassell was appointed Group CEO in December by Broadcast Australia’s Board of Directors, following an international executive search. Mr Hassell was previously Head of Product Development and Industry Relations at NBN Co. Prior to his role at NBN Co., Mr Hassell was Chief Operating Officer at Broadcast Australia, managing customer relationships and overseeing Broadcast Australia’s operations. Prior to that, he was Managing Director - Australasia for Sun Microsystems.
Chief Operating Officer
(Executive Committee Member)
Peter joined Broadcast Australia as Chief Operating Officer in January 2011. Peter was previously a senior executive in the WIN group of companies undertaking a number of key roles, including Managing Director of Digital Distribution Australia (DDA) for 6 years, Managing Director of Broadcast Transmission Services (BTS) and a Director for the WIN Corporation for 5 years. Peter was also a key stakeholder in the development and implementation of the ABC/WIN Media Hub joint venture as well as being a Director of the company. Prior to joining the WIN group Peter was a senior business executive at THL (now operating as Kordia).
With a broad range of broadcast and telecommunications industry experience, Peter's focus is on identify opportunities, developing Broadcast Australia's business model and business plan while building long term mutually beneficial relationships with customers.
In this role, Peter will oversee the day to day handling of Broadcast Australia's Service Delivery Unit which includes engineering and commercial operations.
Chief Financial Officer
(Executive Committee Member)
Mike is the Chief Financial Officer. Previously Mike was the Finance Director of Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, a position he held since joining Macquarie Capital in June 2006.
Mike has had an extensive career as a senior finance executive in banking, telecommunications and private equity, with over 20 years experience in the UK, Australia and Asia. Mike spent 10 years with Citibank from 1985-1995 including in the roles of CFO for Citibank in Australia and New Zealand and Chief of Staff for Citibank Philippines. He subsequently spent 5 years as Regional Finance Director for Vodafone Pacific, which included specific responsibility for Vodafone's corporate development activities in Asia.
Mike has worked as the Finance Director of Bayard Capital, an Australian based private investment company where highlights included the acquisition of Email Ltd and of Swiss-based multinational Landis & Gyr - the world's largest electricity meter manufacturer.
Mike is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Director of Strategy and Corporate Development (Executive Committee Member)
Brett is Director of Strategy and Corporate Development. He joined the Broadcast Australia Group in 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was London-based Advisory Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers focused on the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors; and a Commercial Director at Paravision, a French film production and distribution company.
Brett and his team are responsible for strategy, strategic decisions and Mergers and Acquisitions across the Broadcast Australia Group.
Brett is on the Board of Directors for Airwave Solutions (Australia) and Hostworks.
Managing Director - International Business and Director Business Development
(Executive Committee Member)
Chris commenced working at Broadcast Australia during 2005 and has over 25 years of engineering and business management experience in the Broadcasting and Telecommunications industries having previously filled CEO roles at Radio Frequency Systems and prior to that engineering roles at Telecom Australia (now Telstra)
Chris is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive international experience in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. Chris lived and worked in China from 2002-2005.
Chris is Chairman of Radio Frequency Engineering (RFE) and is an Executive Director of Transit Wireless.
General Manager, Engineering
Stephen joined the broadcasting industry in 1989 as an undergraduate Engineer with the Department of Transport and Communications and has worked his way through several roles before his promotion to Engineering Director in 2002.
He was working with the National Transmission Agency (NTA), which was privatised in 1999 and acquired by ntl A (now Broadcast Australia), and has been an integral in the successful transition of the business from government agency through to private ownership.
Instrumental in the research and subsequent development of digital transmission services in Australia for all broadcasting mediums, Stephen and his team of 50 diverse engineers continually developed the industry and its capabilities to ensure the successful rollout and sustained longevity of digital and analogue transmissions around the country.
During 2008/2009 Stephen undertook a consultancy with Arqiva to provide senior level guidance to the Digital Switch Over (DSO) Design team, conduct a review of proposed system designs and assist with the formation of the new Arqiva DSO team post merger with NGW. Since his return in January 2009, he has been working with industry on issues related to the Australian DSO environment including the completion of terrestrial digital roll-out, options for use of the Digital Dividend and the spectrum and practical issues associated with Restack.
Elyssa joined Broadcast Australia in 2003 as Commercial Manager and was appointed Commercial Director in 2006. Elyssa manages an ever growing team of diverse analysts who assess new business opportunities and contribute to development of the company’s business plans.
Elyssa worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 8 years before relocating to London to gain valuable commercial experience during roles at BBC Technology and Securicor plc (now Group 4 Securicor). Through Elyssa’s involvement in large scale bids, innovative new business models evolved to create value for customers and the business.
Elyssa leads her team through the fine balance of political, financial and technical project and investment risk against the company’s commercial objectives.