Our Board

Darren Smorgon

Non-Executive Chairman

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 Mangano

Managing Director

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 Leary

Non-Executive Director

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, 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.

Katherine Ostin 

Non-Executive Director

Kathy Ostin has deep experience in the Aged Care and Healthcare sectors having established and led KPMG’s New South Wales Health, Ageing and Human Services Practice since 2006 until her departure from KPMG in December 2017. Kathy was also an Audit Partner at KPMG since 2005 where her responsibilities covered a number of Media, Advertising and Technology companies. ​

Kathy is currently a non-executive director of eftpos Payments Australia, where she is Chair of the Finance & Financial Audit Committee, Chair of the Risk and Internal Audit Committee and a member of the Pricing and Rebates committee.

Robert Sofoulis

Non-Executive Director

Robert is the founder of Swift Media 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

Non-Executive Director

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..