Michelle Guthrie

Adam Willats

Michelle Guthrie
CEW Member

Managing Director
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Michelle Guthrie is ABC’s first female managing director. The ABC is Australia's state-owned and funded national public broadcaster, which is a cultural icon of both national and international significance, as well as Australia’s leading digital media innovator. As Managing Director, subject to policies and directions determined by the ABC Board, Michelle will be responsible for managing the affairs of the ABC, including a playing leading role in the process of strategy formulation, planning and performance evaluation.

Most recently, Michelle was the Managing Director, Agencies, APAC at Google in Singapore and was responsible for driving the company’s strategy and relationships with marketing and advertising agencies across Asia.

Prior to joining Google in 2011, Michelle was the Managing Director and Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading private equity firm focused on media, entertainment, communications and technology, from 2007 to 2009.

She began her career in Asia at STAR, a media and entertainment company based in Hong Kong, wholly owned by News Corporation, where she held a number of key executive positions since 2000, culminating as CEO from 2003 to 2007. Before this, she was Director of Legal and Business Development at FOXTEL in Australia. Her career within media started at BSkyB in the UK. Earlier in her career Michelle was a lawyer at Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Australia and Singapore.

Michelle has an extensive international board experience and currently serves as a non-executive director of MTG (Modern Times Group), a leading international entertainment broadcasting group that span four continents and include freeTV, payTV, radio and content production. She also sits on the board of directors for Auckland International Airport Limited in New Zealand, Pacific Star Network in Melbourne and Plan International (global aid agency working on behalf of children in developing countries) in Hong Kong.

Michelle was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the Veuve Clicquot Hong Kong Businesswoman of the Year in 2005. She is a graduate of Sydney University in Australia.

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