In one of the more rapid rises in media executive roles, former member of the elite Special Air Services Ben Roberts-Smith has been appointed General Manager of Seven Queensland, following the retirement of Neil Mooney.
Roberts-Smith was appointed Deputy GM in April after he conducted leadership seminars for the station.
Seven first aligned with Roberts-Smith in 2012 in a Sunday Night interview. He began filing reports for the show in 2013, and presented Power of Ten specials earlier this year.
Tim Worner, the CEO of Seven West Media, said: “We are delighted to announce this appointment. Ben has been a part of the Seven Network for a number of years and has impressed us greatly with his management and leadership skills.
“I wish to acknowledge Neil’s tremendous contribution to our businesses across news and public affairs and television management. He hands over Seven Queensland in terrific shape as the market-leading television network across the fast-growing regional Queensland markets.”
“Ben will be an excellent leader. He is an outstanding person. When it comes to leadership he ticks all the right boxes,” said Neil Mooney.
Roberts-Smith said: “I consider this a fantastic opportunity and one which I have accepted with great pride. Seven West Media is founded on integrity, innovation and excellence and as part of the Seven Queensland team I look forward to contributing to its continuing success.”
He is is currently studying towards a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Queensland and has
an Advanced Diploma in Management and a graduate Certificate of Business.