Former media executive Greg Hywood has joined the board of Settlement Services International (SSI), a non-profit organisation that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential.
SSI Chair Voula Messimeri said she was delighted to welcome to the board Mr Hywood, the former CEO and managing director of Fairfax Media, who has extensive experience in executive and non-executive roles across media, government and non-profit organisations.
“Greg’s experience in senior executive and non executive director roles, within government and commercial environments, will be invaluable to SSI,” she said.
“With this appointment, SSI will be adding and broadening its board director expertise, knowledge and skillset, especially with Greg's particular background in media.”
Mr Hywood said it was a privilege to join SSI and be part of the great work it does for Australia's new arrivals and people in need.
"Immigration is a key component of our nation's past and future. Easing the cultural and economic transition for those who make this life altering decision is an essential service with ongoing benefits for all,” he said.
“SSI is the leader in this field and I hope to help sustain its contribution to our community."
A Walkley Award-winning journalist, Mr Hywood is currently the chair of Free TV.
Mr Hywood began his career with Fairfax Media, eventually becoming publisher and editor-in-chief of a number of mastheads, including The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
He subsequently spent nearly a decade working with the Victorian Government in roles including Tourism Victoria CEO, before re-joining Fairfax as an independent non-executive director in October 2010.
Mr Hywood was appointed interim CEO in December 2010 and confirmed as permanent CEO and managing director in March 2011. Mr Hywood left Fairfax following its merger with Nine in 2018.
Settlement Services International is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. We work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.
SSI Head of Executive Communications and Media, Hannah Gartrell