Annual Report 2016

Director profiles


David Kirk

Independent chairman

David is the co-founder and managing partner of Bailador Investment Management, chairman of Kathmandu and a director of Forsyth Barr Limited, Bailador investee companies SMI Limited, Online Ventures Pty Ltd (trading as SiteMinder) and Viocorp Pty Limited. He is also chairman of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School.

David was the CEO of Fairfax Media from 2005 to 2008. He was also the chief executive officer and managing director of PMP Limited from 2003 to 2005 and the regional president (Australasia) for Norske Skog from 2000 to 2003. David worked for Fletcher Challenge Paper and Fletcher Challenge Energy in senior executive roles in New Zealand and Australia from 1995 to 1999. He was chief policy advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994 and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London from 1989 to 1991.

David holds a Medical Doctorate from the University of Otago and a Master of Arts (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford University. He is also a Rhodes Scholar.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Joanna Perry

Independent director

Joanna has extensive governance experience and is currently the deputy chair of Genesis Energy. Her independent directorships include Kiwi Property Group, Sport New Zealand, Partners Life and Rowing New Zealand.

She is chair of the IFRS Advisory Council, and until April this year chaired the Investment Advisory Panel of the Primary Growth Partnership.

Prior to focusing on her directorships, Joanna was a senior partner in the global audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. She was a member of the Securities Commission, chaired the Financial Reporting Standards board and was a member of the Australian Accounting Standards board.

Joanna has a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to accounting.

Joanna lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Paul McCarney

Independent director

Paul is a technology entrepreneur, investor and consultant.

He has many years’ experience in technology and digital marketing including co-founding search marketing agency Decide Interactive (acquired by NASDAQ-listed 24/7 Real Media in 2004), and founding digital marketing company Life Event Media (acquired by directory business Sensis in 2011). He is a co-founder and the CEO of Data Republic in Australia. Paul is also a director of BTBI TCo, which owns and operates B2B publisher Cirrus Media.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Sam Morgan

Independent Director

Sam was the founder and chief executive officer of Trade Me Limited until 2008. (Trade Me was acquired by Fairfax Media in 2006, and a substantial interest was held until Fairfax disposed of its Trade Me shares fully in 2012).

Sam is a director of Vend Limited and vWork Limited (formerly Visfleet) and a director of Xero until July 2016. He is an active software investor and co-founded Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco, which aims to help New Zealand companies succeed when expanding into the United States.

Sam is active in his charitable foundation, Jasmine Social Investments. This funds a portfolio of high-impact social ventures in developing countries, providing critical services in health, education and livelihoods to the profoundly poor.

Sam lives in Nelson, New Zealand.

Katrina Johnson

Independent Director
Appointed 23 June 2016

Katrina has extensive experience in technology businesses, particularly in legal and regulatory matters for online marketplaces. She worked for 12 years in the United States and Australia for eBay and its subsidiaries, including three years as director of legal affairs and on the board of Australia. Prior to working at eBay, Katrina was a lawyer in private practice, advising start-ups as well as large technology and media businesses.

Katrina was appointed the legal director of Uber (Australia and New Zealand) in 2015.

Katrina has a BA, LLB (Hons) from Macquarie University and a graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, New South Wales.

She lives in Sydney, Australia.

Gail Hambly

Non-executive director
Resigned 22 June 2016

Gail is a senior media executive, currently group general counsel and company secretary of Fairfax Media. Her areas of expertise are law, corporate governance and internal audit and risk. She is part of the Fairfax management team.

Gail is chairman of Copyco Pty Limited, a Director of Company B Belvoir Limited, a member of the advisory board of the Centre of Media and Communications Law at Melbourne University, a member of the Media and Communications and Privacy Law committees of the Law Council of Australia and a director of the Story Factory - a not-for-profit organisation which provides education services with a special focus on disadvantaged children in Sydney.

Gail holds degrees in law, science and economics.

Gail lives in Sydney, Australia.