Nova CCO Peter Charlton to replace Cathy O’Connor as CEO

Nova Entertainment’s chief commercial officer, Peter Charlton, will replace Cathy O’Connor in the top job when she leaves to join outdoor media company Ooh Media.

O’Connor’s exit was announced this morning. She is due to start the CEO position with Ooh Media at the beginning of 2021. Charlton will step into his new role from 2 November 2020.

Charlton has been chief commercial officer for eight years and worked with Nova in various roles since August 2012. He’s spent more than 20 years in the media industry.

Nova Entertainment executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch said: “Cathy has been a great leader of the Nova team. Nova Entertainment is the number one commercial radio network in Australia and is continuing to outperform the industry in a challenging time. I know she will do well in her new role.”

O’Connor said: “It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of Nova Entertainment over the last 12 years. Leading one of the media industry’s most inNOVAtive companies, our team has successfully continued to create content our audiences love, reaching them through new and creative ways. Fresh leadership under Peter Charlton will see Nova continue to deliver on its strategic objectives, bringing to the role with him a wealth of experience and insights.”

Nova also announced today that Peter Colosimo will become chief operating officer. Colosimo has been with Nova for seven years and has a deep understanding of the business.

Murdoch said: “Today’s appointments of Peter Charlton and Pete Colosimo reflect the depth of talent we have at Nova Entertainment. Our ratings success this year has demonstrated the strength of Nova and the creativity of all our team. Peter and Pete have the operational and commercial experience to accelerate that success and our growth.”

Charlton said: “I am honoured to be appointed as CEO and have the opportunity to lead the talented and hard-working team here at Nova. Under Cathy, the company has gone from strength to strength and we have the right people and the right culture to continue to build on our success.”


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