Joe Pollard resigns as CEO of ninemsn

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sydney, Australia, Tuesday May 24, 2011: Joe Pollard, the Chief Executive Officer of ninemsn, a joint venture between Microsoft and Nine Entertainment Co., has resigned from her position and will leave the company at the end of September 2011.

In announcing her resignation, Ms Pollard said, “It has been an amazing three years at ninemsn and five years within the group. It has been a pleasure to lead an incredible team of passionate and dedicated people. I leave ninemsn after our most successful year ever and the business is set up for a fantastic FY12. It is now time to move onto the next chapter of my life. In my time here, the business has gone from strength to strength and I leave with a strong executive team in place and the business running smoothly. I would like to thank both Nine Entertainment Co. and Microsoft for giving me the opportunity to run this dynamic and exciting business”.

In announcing her resignation, David Gyngell, CEO of NEC said, “I have worked with Joe for a number of years and have always been impressed with her passion, enthusiasm and executive leadership. I am disappointed to see Joe leave the organisation. However, I understand her desire to move onto the next phase of her career. We all wish her the very best in the future”.

To add to this, Tracey Fellows, Area Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific said, “As a board member for ninemsn, I had the pleasure of working closely with Joe and saw first-hand how she built a vibrant, highly-effective culture at ninemsn. I’d like to thank her for leaving this culture as a foundation for the team. We will miss her and wish her well in her new endeavours.”

Ms Pollard will continue to lead the business for the next four months to ensure a smooth management transition.

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