Former News Corp and Foxtel CEO, Peter Tonagh, joins Village Roadshow board

Peter Tonagh, former CEO of News Corp and Foxtel, has been appointed a non-executive director on the Village Roadshow board.

Tonagh’s appointment follows a tumultuous period for theme park and movie company, Village. It has been in the spotlight this year thanks to a family feud that surfaced when John Kirby went public with his frustrations over how younger brother Robert Kirby and family friend Graham Burke were running the company. Since then, it has been revealed that Robert Kirby will step down, with his son Clark Kirby stepping in to replace Burke in the CEO role from next year.

Among the drama, the company committed to finding a non-executive director and an independent chairperson. The search for non-executive director has ended with Tonagh, while the search for chairperson continues. Village engaged executive search firm Egon Zehnder to conduct the “comprehensive” search.

Tonagh stepped down from the helm of Foxtel in January last year after less than two years in the role, replaced by Patrick Delany, who was, until that point, CEO at Fox Sports.

His time as CEO of News Corp and Foxtel followed COO roles at both companies (and a stint as CFO at Foxtel). He was also interim CEO of REA Group, and the former vice president and partner of The Boston Consulting Group. He remains chairperson of Bus Stop Films and a member of the Council of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Last year, he was announced as co-leader of the government’s efficiency review into the ABC and SBS.

Village’s share price is down 1.82% today to sit at $2.70.


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