Meet the team of Executive and Non-Executive Directors working to take Swift to the next level
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Darren Smorgon is the Managing Director of Sandbar Investments, a private investment company. He was previously a Director of CHAMP Private Equity, one of Australia’s largest and longest established Private Equity firms, where he spent 16 years.
At CHAMP he led the acquisition and portfolio management of companies including Study Group, LCR Group, Golding Contractors and oOh!media. In conjunction to the Board of Swift Media, Darren is also currently a Non-Executive Director at oOh!media, the Chairman of Hub Australia and a Non-Executive Director of Total Drain Cleaning. He is also on the advisory committee of the Social Ventures Australia social impact fund.
Brian is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ executive experience in Australian Listed companies in the Engineering, Technology and Investment sectors. Brian was appointed Chief Financial Officer and a Director at Swift Media in April 2021 before transitioning to Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in September 2021. After qualifying with Ernst & Young, Brian travelled to the UK where he worked with Richard Branson’s Virgin group as Financial Controller for Virgin Communications. Brian’s last major role was as CFO of ASX listed Veris Group the largest surveying group in Australia with over 800 staff and revenues over $100 million. Brian is also a former Managing Director of listed companies AirBoss and Australian Growth. His experience spans a broad range of areas including strategic and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, debt finance, information technology, risk management and company secretarial, Brian is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia a Member of the AICD. Brian now brings his wide ranging experience to Swift Media.
Pippa joined Swift in July 2019 following her tenure heading up Nine’s digital sales team where she was responsible for the media company’s key online properties including nine.com.au, 9Honey and their broadcast video on demand platform 9Now. Pippa was previously CEO of Fairfax-Nine programmatic exchange APEX, and prior to that held senior executive roles at Fairfax Media, including Managing Director of the publisher’s Digital Media division. Pippa is also an experienced board director, and currently sits on the advisory boards of the RLPA and uCast as well as joining the Swift Board in April 2021.
Brad is an experienced Non-Executive Director and CEO with a strong financial background. Brad has particular experience in complex multi-party projects and business turnarounds and has extensive client relationships in the government, mining, aged care and commercial sectors.
Brad is a founding director of property development group Development Solutions Australia Pty Ltd. Brad is also Chairman of Providence Lifestyle Group Pty Ltd, a company developing over 55’s lifestyle villages, and is a Non-Executive Director of prefabAUS, Australia’s leading industry body for offsite construction.
Charles Fear has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of several ASX listed companies. Charles gained considerable experience in equity capital markets, debt markets, mergers and acquisitions and advisory whilst with Hartley Poynton and Argonaut Limited which he co-founded in 2002.
Charles has a strong understanding of the fundamentals of resources and resources services industries across the full spectrum of mining and oil and gas sectors and maintains relationships with Australian and global institutional investors and fund managers.
Robert is the founder of Swift Networks and Wizzie TV. Robert has an engineering background in instrumentation and worked in the mining and oil and gas industries for 20 years before becoming an entrepreneur in 1995. Initially concentrating in the two-way radio rental business, Robert soon expanded the business to include sales and engineering services and created ASTIB Group, consisting of various radio and communications subsidiaries. Most of the ASTIB Group was divested in January 2011 for approximately $50 million to CSE Global, a multinational organisation of the Singapore Exchange.
Peter Gibbons is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Openn Negotiation, one of Australia’s leading online property auction sites for real estate agents, and has held senior roles in some of the world’s largest investment banks, including Macquarie Bank, Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank. Peter is Chair of Bethanie Group, West Australia’s largest NFP Aged Care provider and is Chair of the Vukelic Family Office, and was previously a director of Silver Chain, West Australia’s largest provider of in home residential aged care and Commissioner of the West Australian Football Commission. Peter has a proven business background in building growth businesses, and deep experiences and extensive networks in the Mining and Resources and Aged Care sectors in West Australia..