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Telstra Nab Publishing Guru As Director

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Telstra has just appointed Margaret (Margie) Seale as a non-executive Director.

Seale has worked in senior executive roles in Australia and overseas, mainly in global publishing, and is MD for Random House Australia (and NZ).

She also established Random’s China office last year and is President, Asia Development and is now the third woman sitting on Telstra’s Board.

And Seale’s “valuable insights” in transitioning traditional business models to digital environments was hailed by Telstra Chairman, and could be very useful as the telco who looks to expand its Digital Media division and Asian interests.

“Margie has valuable insights into the digital environment and the management of intellectual property here and overseas,” declared Telstra Chair, Catherine Livingstone, saying the board was “very pleased”  with the new appointment.

Ms Seale said she was “delighted to be joining the Board at a time when Telstra is seeking to take advantage of digital opportunities from its strong portfolio of businesses.”

Seale was previously CEO of Macquarie Dictionary and Lansdowne Publishing and is a Director of the Sydney Writers Festival and Council Member of Chief Executive Women.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from the University of Sydney.

Ms Seale’s appointment is effective from today and subject to shareholder approval at Telstra’s next AGM.

Telstra’s Board now consists of Catherine Livingstone (Chair), David Thodey, Timothy Chen, Geoffrey Cousins, Russell Higgins, John Mullen, Nora Scheinkestel, Margaret Seale, John Stocker, Steven Vamos and John Zeglis.