July 16, 2024

High ranking Seven executives have departed in a network-wide restructure which could impact as many as 150 positions under new Seven CEO Jeff Howard.

The Australian Financial Review reports Chief Revenue Officer Kurt Burnette (pictured left)  and Lewis Martin (centre) Head of Sport and Managing Director of Seven Melbourne, are the highest profile exits. Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Hopkins (pictured right) will also reportedly depart.

Kurt Burnette has worked for Seven since 1990, Lewis Martin joined in 1994 becoming General Manager at HSV7 and adding Head of Sport during a range of job cuts in 2019. Melissa Hopkins joined Seven last May from Optus.

They comprise a third of the Seven Executive Team.

Lewis Martin said, “I have loved everything about my time at Seven and in the media, primarily the wonderful people I have worked with, and competed against.”

The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday revealed Seven’s plans to cut up to 150 jobs, across television, print and digital, during punishing advertising market conditions and the end of a multimillion-dollar deal with tech giant Meta, estimated to be worth about $15 million annually.

The exits follow the recent News divison departures of Craig McPherson, Mark Llewellyn, Neil Warren, Sydney chief of staff Andrew Frampton and reporters Mark Ovadia and Cameron Baud.

Seven has been contacted for comment.

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