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Our Executive Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

Pippa Leary

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 nine.com.au, 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.

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Mangano

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. 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.

Chief Sales Officer

Natalie Grabbe

Natalie Grabbe recently joined Swift Media in January 2020 as Chief Sales Officer. Natalie brings to this role over 15 years of sales leadership experience running successful sales teams at The Guardian in the UK and the USA, Yahoo 7 in Australia and most recently at Nine Digital. Natalie has a strong track record in building high performance sales teams through coaching and developing people. Her success comes from her ability to develop and execute sales strategies to deliver results.

Chief Customer and Strategy Officer

Kirsty Davison

Kirsty joined Swift Media in September 2019. She has over 20 years experience in general management, business strategy, digital product development and marketing in Australia and the UK across a range of industries including digital media, financial services, ecommerce and travel. She held various executive roles at Fairfax Media, ran market leading business Stayz, was a Co-founder of fintech uno Home Loans backed by Westpac, and has advised a series of start ups and corporates on growth strategies at Magenta Consulting. Kirsty loves bringing new ideas to life, creating great customer experiences and growing businesses. She has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

General Manager - Operations

Aidan Sommerville

Aidan joined Swift in 2012 after a career in the Australian military where he held multiple leadership positions specialising in communication and information systems. Throughout his time with Swift, Aidan has successfully led numerous departments including Support, Project Delivery and Product Development. He was instrumental in managing core business functions focusing on the Mining and Resources sector prior to driving deployments into new high-growth and emerging markets. Aidan has a passion for building high performing and collaborative teams through exceptional leadership, communication and vision. Aidan was appointed as General Manager of Operations in 2020 where he has played a vital role in restructuring the business’s operating model and strategy focusing on maximising profitability and operational excellence.