Nine’s chief information and technology officer role made redundant

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The change comes due to the alignment of the Product Engineering and Product Management teams into a newly formed Product and Technology organisation.

Memo Hayek‘s role as chief information and technology officer at Nine has been made redundant as a result of a merger between its product engineering and product management teams.

Nine’s chief digital officer, Alex Parsons, said in a statement: “We are aligning our Product Engineering and Product Management teams into a newly formed Product and Technology organisation.

“This change recognises the inherent connection between Product Management and Product Engineering and their critical partnership in driving our future business success.

Bec Haagsma has been named as Nine’s chief product and technology officer, and regrettably, as part of the re-alignment, Memo’s role has been made redundant.”

Hayek’s exit from Nine follows departures from the network including Peter Costello, who  stepped down as Nine Entertainment chairman and resigned as a director earlier this month, effective immediately, three days after an altercation with a News Corp journalist.

“The board has been supportive through the events of the last month and last few days in particular,” Costello said in a statement.

“But going forward I think they need a new chair to unite them around a fresh vision and someone with the energy to lead to that vision for the next decade.

In March, Nine’s national director of news and current affairs, Darren Wick, left the network after 29 years at the company, 13 years in the position, and more than a month away from the office.

His lengthy absence sparked internal speculation as to his future at the media business.

Wick held multiple roles over the course of his career at Nine, including executive producer of Today Show and A Current Affair.

Wick broke the news to Nine colleagues in an email. “Some of you are aware that I have taken a few weeks off to think about my future,” he wrote in the email seen by Mediaweek. “And after many long beach walks and even longer conversations, I know in my heart that this is the right time for me to step down and leave Nine.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘retiring’ because I don’t know how to sit idle. But I am going to take a very long break from what has been four decades of working as a journalist. I’m tired and need a rest.”

See also: Peter Costello stands down as Nine chairman
See also: Nine’s news boss Darren Wick leaves after 29 years

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