Board of Directors

John Kirby AM (Chairman)

Appointed as Chairman in 2015

Mr. Kirby has held a wide number of executive positions in cinema exhibition, film distribution, radio, theme parks, construction and strategy over his 45 years within Village Roadshow. He is currently Chairman of Village Roadshow Corporation Pty, Ltd. and awarded Honorary Doctorate, Griffith University.

Denis Handlin AO

Appointed as a Director in 1999

Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia. Denis is one of the founding Directors of Sony Foundation, and is also very proud to be Patron of the Youth off the Streets Scholarship Program since its inaugural year in 2004. He is also an inaugural board member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation supporting children with autism.

Yuzo Otsuki

Appointed as a Director in 2019

Yuzo Otozuki is the Managing Director of Sony Australia and New Zealand, a position he was appointed to in April 2019. Otozuki has a wealth of experience gained during an impressive 25 year career with Sony.

Stephen Basil-Jones

Appointed as a Director in 2016

Stephen Basil-Jones is the Managing Director and Executive Vice-President of Sony Pictures Australia and supervisor – Japan, Korea & New Zealand. He has held numerous industry positions over the years including: Chairman of the Motion Pictures Distributor’s Association (MPDAA) in 2001, 2009 and 2015, and is a member of British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA-UK).

Chris White

Appointed as a Director in 2010

Chris has worked in the sports and talent management and marketing field for over 18 years and has a well-earned reputation and standing within the industry. He currently sits on the board of the Queensland Reds and Sony Foundation. White is also the CEO of International Quarterback.

Leanne Neal

Appointed as a Director in 2012

Leanne is a practicing registered nurse with qualifications in Midwifery and Coronary Care. She is currently managing Health Centre services at Saint Ignatius College Riverview. Leanne played a significant role in establishing the first Children’s Holiday Camp and has supported and advised in the development of the Sony Foundation Children’s program nationally since the program’s inception.

Damian Eales

Appointed as Director in 2016

Damian Eales is Chief Operating Officer, Publishing of News Corp Australia. Prior to News Corp Australia, Damian held senior roles at Westpac and David Jones. Damian sits on the board of media industry bodies NewsMediaWorks and the International News Media Association (INMA), where he is currently President. He is also an ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Cathy O’Connor

Appointed as a Director in 2017

Cathy O’Connor is the Chief Executive Officer of NOVA Entertainment (formerly dmg Radio Australia). 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.

Mark Fennessy AM

Appointed as a Director in 2018

As the CEO of production and content powerhouse, Endemol Shine Australia (ESA), Mark Fennessy today oversees an extraordinary slate of television franchises and super brands.

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