Mr Ryan Stokes was appointed Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited (SGH) with effect from 1 July 2015.
He was previously Chief Operating Officer of SGH from 28 August 2012 until 1 July 2015 and an Executive Director of the Company since February 2010. Mr Stokes is a Director of Seven West Media Limited (SWM) which owns the Seven Network, The West Australian Newspaper, Pacific Magazines and 50% of Yahoo7. Mr Stokes has been a Director of SWM since 2012 and was an Executive Director and then Chairman of Pacific Magazines from 2004 to 2008 and a Director of Yahoo7 from 2005 to 2013.
As a Director of WesTrac Pty Limited, Mr Stokes has extensive experience in China, having developed relationships with various mining and media companies over the past fifteen years. He led the restructuring of the Group’s China operations, returning the business to profitability. He is also a Director of Coates Hire Pty Limited. Mr Stokes was appointed Non-Executive Director of Beach Energy Limited in July 2016. Mr Stokes is a Non-Executive Director of Coates Hire.
Mr Stokes is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Capital Equity Pty Limited (ACE), being appointed an Executive Director in 2001 and CEO in April 2010. ACE is a private company with its primary investment being an interest in SGH.
Mr Stokes was a Director of Iron Ore Holdings Limited from 1 November 2011 to 7 October 2014. Between 10 September 2009 and 19 November 2012, Mr Stokes was a Director of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited.
Mr Stokes is Chairman of the National Library of Australia. He is also a member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans Mental Health established in 2014. In 2015, he became a Committee member of innovationXchange (within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), which provides strategic guidance on innovation in aid programs. He is also a member of the IOC Olympic Education Commission.
Mr Stokes is the former Chairman of Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace), a Federal Government initiative established in 2006.
Mr Stokes holds a BComm from Curtin University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)