Seven West Media hires new HR head after Amber Harrison scandal

by HCA11 Apr 2017
Seven West Media has announced the appointment of Katie McGrath as group executive of human resources.

McGrath joins Seven from Enero Group, where she has been global HR director for the last seven years.

Seven’s former HR head Melanie Allibon left the company in December 2016, shortly after the two-year affair between former executive assistant Amber Harrison and CEO Tim Worner was made public.

Allibon played a prominent role in the efforts to negotiate Harrison out of the organisation after executive chairman Kerry Stokes was told about Harrison’s affair with Worner.

Moreover, Allibon conducted a number of meetings with her about the affair, according to a claim filed by Harrison to the Human Rights Commission.

She was also involved in the formation of a confidential deed designed to silence Harrison about the scandal.

Before working at Enero, McGrath was national head of staffing for Bain & Company and has held senior HR roles for two decades.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and a Post Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney.

Speaking about her appointment, Worner said: “Katie has an exceptional track record in all aspects of people strategy and leadership. She will lead the development of the most valuable resource we have at Seven West Media, our people.”

McGrath will lead HR across Seven’s businesses, including the Seven Network, Pacific Magazines, the company’s expanding portfolio of digital businesses and ventures, and Seven West Media WA which comprises The West Australian and The Sunday Times.

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COMMENTS

  • by Shakes head 11/04/2017 3:33:50 PM

    Does nobody see the irony of Tim Worner commenting on this appointment?

  • by Disbelief 2017 11/04/2017 4:57:12 PM

    Absolutely!!

    Admittedly we dont know what conversations have taken place with Worner behind closed doors but he is the one who seems to have experienced no consequences whatsoever. Shame Seven West Shame!

  • by Eye roll 12/04/2017 9:17:14 AM

    Wonder what his interview questions looked like? "Can you describe a time you used stand over tactics to squeeze an employee out of a business?" "How do you feel about participating in public smear campaigns of one woman?"

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