The Board currently comprises of seven members. Board members possess a broad range of industry experience and business skills to appropriately govern the interests of the shareholders of the Company. The Board continues to actively guide the ongoing growth strategy of the Company. The Board actively involves, as appropriate, expert and independent advice on matters reserved for the Remuneration and Audit & Risk Commitees.
Chairman and Executive Director
Mr Andrew Kent, Chairman and Executive Director, is an experienced Business Manager and Corporate Advisor with over 40 years experience in international equities and media. Mr Kent was the CEO of Aspermont from 2000 to 2005 and holds considerable knowledge of its products and the market landscape. Mr Kent holds directorships in Magyar Mining and Water Resources Group. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Vice Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Mr Charbel Nader has extensive experience in corporate finance and strategic advisory roles, including experience in mergers and acquisitions. He is Executive Director of Pitt Capital Partners, the former Managing Director of McHudson Corporate and has a broad range of executive and advisory experience in the information communications and media industries having been a group executive with Village Roadshow Ltd, News Corp subsidiary e-Ventures, Ernst & Young and having been retained in-house by PBL /Nine Network and CPH Capital.
Mr Nader is Chairman of Metro Media Holdings Pty Ltd (publisher of The Weekly Review). He is a Non-Executive Director of Aspermont.
Since joining the company in 2007, Mr Alex Kent has worked across all divisions of Aspermont Group. During this time, he has built up an extensive knowledge of its product portfolio and been a key influencer in the overall business vision. He is currently the Group’s Managing Director but has held previous executive roles in both marketing and digital strategy.
Having previously graduated through Microsoft’s Executive Academy and with a double honors degree in Economics, Accounting and Business Law, Mr Alex Kent brings further depth to the Aspermont board and operations as the Group continues its digital evolution.
Mr Alex Kent joined the board as an Executive Director and holds a number of other private company directorships.
Mr O’Brien led Aspermont Limited between 2005 and 2015 as the Group CEO. In addition to the deep knowledge from his time as CEO, Mr O’Brien also brings a background in management consulting and banking to the Board through his previous roles in Andersen Consulting and Barclays Bank. Mr O’Brien currently sits on numerous Boards within the Aspermont Group of companies.
Mr Whyte has more than 40 years of extensive experience in a broad range of industries, such as mining and natural resources, media and emerging markets. Additionally, he was a founding shareholder in Aspermont Limited. Mr Whyte holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Monash University Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. Coupled with this, Mr Whyte will provide valuable input into the investor relations, promotion and marketing of the company.
Mr John Stark, a Non-Executive Director, is an experienced Business Manager with experience and interests across various listed and unlisted companies. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Stark is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Mr Lewis Cross, an independent Non-Executive Director, is the Principal of the accounting firm CrossCorp Accounting. Mr Cross is a Certified Practising Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business degree. He is a Non-Executive Chairman of Aleator Energy Ltd (previously Golden State Resources). Mr Cross is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee.