Board of Directors
Chris Wharton is the former Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media WA, retiring from full time work in April 2017.
He was responsible for all Seven West Media assets in Western Australia, including The West Australian, The Sunday Times, West Regional Publications (21 mastheads), its on-line properties thewest.com.au and Perthnow, WA Publishers, Redwave Media (nine regional radio licences) and Channel Seven Perth.
In 2011, as CEO of the publicly-listed West Australian Newspapers (Holdings), Chris led the multi-billion acquisition of the Seven Media Group, which today is Seven West Media.
He was Chief Executive Officer of West Australian Newspapers (Holdings) from December 2008.
His position prior to this was Managing Director of Channel Seven Perth Pty Limited, a post he held for nine years.
He began his career as a journalist and worked in all areas of newspaper management in Sydney before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perth’s Community Newspaper Group in 1995.
In 2013, he became Chairman of Community Newspaper Group.
His community and business involvement includes board memberships of the Telethon Trust from 2000- 2017, Gold Corporation and the West Coast Eagles Football Club.
Chris was a member of the WA Olympic Team Appeal Committee from 2000-2017. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Councillor and Vice President of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also a former member of the Committee for Perth.
He was awarded an AM in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday honours for services to the print and broadcast industries and for services to the community.
Group Managing Director
Michael has extensive experience in the areas of international supply, product sales and distribution, logistics and supply chain. He is the founder of Stealth Global Holdings.
His previous positions include Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of ADG Global Supply (ASX listed entity) until June 2013, where he was responsible for developing business strategy, global infrastructure, business development, operational capabilities and leading growth from $32m to $83m within two years from 2010-2012.
Previous to this he was the Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Logistics for nine years (a joint venture company held between Australia Post and Michael) and at the same time held the role of Group General Manager of SWADS (2004-2006), one of Australia’s then largest privately-owned logistics companies that was later sold to Australia Post. Collectively Lakewood and SWADS produced a combined turnover of $102m.
Michael is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
B.Juris; LLB; FAICD
Mr Groppoli is a non-executive director of Automotive Holdings Group Ltd (ASX:AHG) and a principal at Peppermint Capital (a boutique corporate advisory firm based in Perth). He was a partner of national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright) from 1987 to 2004 where he specialised in franchising, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He was managing partner of the Perth office of Deacons from 1998 to 2002.
Mr Groppoli left private practice in 2004 and was until very recently the is managing director of Milners Pty Ltd, a leading Australian brand marketing group specialising in premium homeware products, and Aviva Mann Optical Group, an importer and national distributor of optical products and accessories.
Mr Groppoli is a director of Senses Foundation and was the Chairman of public unlisted entities Retravision (WA) and Electcom which managed and serviced the Retravision, Westcoast Hi Fi and Fridge & Washer City retail brands in WA, SA and NT.
Mr Unsworth is a former chartered accountant and corporate finance specialist with extensive experience as a public and private company director, having served on the board of Gold Corporation (operator of Western Australian Government owned The Perth Mint) as a director and then chairman from 1996 to 2008. He has previously been a director of several listed companies including: venture capital company Westintech Innovation Corporation Limited; gold, zinc, lead and silver mining company Perilya Mines Limited and office products distribution company National 1 Limited. Mr Unsworth was re-appointed to the board of Gold Corporation, in September 2015.
Mr Unsworth’s career has included senior management positions with an international accounting firm in both Perth and Sydney, a number of years with The Stock Exchange of Perth Limited as chief executive, and director of corporate finance with a large stockbroking company. He was appointed one of four Commissioners heading the ‘Commission to Review Public Sector Finances’ in 1993 reviewing and reporting on the finances and activities of the Western Australian Public Sector.
BComm; Grad Dip AppCorpGov; ACIS; AGIA; F Fin; GAICD
Ms Logan is a Chartered Secretary with extensive compliance, capital raising, merger and acquisition, IPO and backdoor listing experience in a diverse range of industries including technology, media, resources, health care and life science. She has assisted a substantial number of private start-ups and established businesses transition to being publicly-listed companies for over 15 years.
Ms Logan has participated as a mentor of the University of Western Australia’s Career Mentor Link program for over 9 years. She is the founder and principal of a consulting firm and company secretary of a number of ASX-listed companies, providing corporate services to those clients.