Mediaweek’s Top 25 Media People 2017: QMS CEO Barclay Nettlefold

Media executives who made a difference in 2017

Our annual listing of 25 media executives who made a difference this year and are shaping how 2018 will look.

Barclay Nettlefold, CEO, QMS

QMS has been one of the fastest-growing businesses in one of the fastest-growing media sectors in Australia. The company was formed in 2010 as a joint venture with Qatar Media Services that led to the acquisition of seven related companies in the outdoor sector in Australia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Chief executive Barclay Nettlefold told Mediaweek that there was a subsequent decision by the Qatar investors Qatar Development Bank to focus on other areas. “We agreed that I would buy them out and become a listed company. At the time of the IPO we also bought a few more companies.” The company listed on the ASX on June 29, 2015.

Nettlefold entered the family business in 1982 after finishing an accounting degree, working with his father in what was then his father’s second outdoor company. “I have been in outdoor all my working life since then,” said Nettlefold.

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