School messaging pioneer MGM Wireless (ASX:MWR) has appointed media, marketing and IT specialist Leila Henderson as Non-Executive Director, effective immediately.
A veteran of the media industry, Ms Henderson is the founder of news technology business NewsMaker; a former IT and business journalist with News Limited, Fairfax Magazines and Australian Consolidated Press; and a Public Relations practitioner with significant international media and marketing experience in North America and the United Kingdom.
She is current State President for the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) in South Australia and a partner of the New Venture Institute at Flinders University.
Chairman and CEO Mark Fortunatow said Ms Henderson’s appointment follows an extensive nationwide search including the Women On Boards advocacy group.
“Leila has a unique skill set and we believe her commercial experience coupled with her skills and knowledge in the areas of public relations, communications, IT and marketing will make a significant positive contribution to MGM’s future success,” Mr Fortunatow said.
Ms Henderson said she was delighted to have the opportunity to work with a pioneer in mobile technology.
“As a mother of two, I have first-hand experience of the challenges today’s busy parents face,” Ms Henderson said. “MGM’s systems address community concerns around the issues of school attendance and student safety. I am proud to become part of the MGM Board.”
With Ms Henderson’s appointment, the MGM Wireless Board composition is 50 percent female.
Ruth Medd, Chair of Women On Boards, applauded MGM's appointment of an additional female director.
"MGM Wireless, at 50 percent female directors, exceeds the 40 percent target that we recommend," Ms Medd said.
Ms Henderson joins Executive Directors Mark Fortunatow, Mark Hurd and Tara Lewis-Christie on the MGM Board.