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Cathy O'Connor

Nova Entertainment

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

Cathy entered the radio industry in sales roles at Sydney’s 2SM and 2GB in 1985. Her management career began at Austereo in 1991 where she held the roles of Agency Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and then General Manager. Cathy joined dmg Radio Australia (now NOVA Entertainment) as Managing Director in January 2003 and was appointed to the position of CEO on 1 October 2008.

Since joining NOVA Entertainment, Cathy has been involved in the completion and evolution of the national Nova Network, including the launches of Nova Adelaide and Brisbane, as well as the smoothfm stations in May 2012.

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.

Career achievements include being inducted into Commercial Radio Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2016, recognising over 30 year’s contribution to radio, the Telstra NSW Business Women's Award for the Private Sector - over 100 Employees Category (1996), and Cathy was also awarded a Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society in Business Leadership in 2003, recognising her significant career achievements.

Cathy has served on the Board of Commercial Radio Australia since 2006, and held the role of Chair from 2009 to 2012. Cathy is also a Governor of the Board of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

NOVA Entertainment is Australia’s fastest growing entertainment company with broad interests across the media industry. NOVA Entertainment owns and operates the Nova Network, the most listened to metro network in Australia, which includes Nova 96.9 Sydney, Nova 100 Melbourne, Nova 106.9 Brisbane, Nova 937 Perth and Nova 919 Adelaide. The company also owns and operates smoothfm in Sydney and Melbourne, the talk station FIVEaa in Adelaide and Star 104.5 on the NSW Central Coast and has three digital radio stations - smoothfm, Coles Radio and Koffee. All the company’s radio stations are complemented by a range of digital assets across social, mobile and online which leverage the company’s content to provide new growth opportunities including Nova’s Red Room, smooth on FOXTEL and the smooth Festival of Chocolate in Sydney.