Mark DownesÂ has tragically and suddenly passed away.
A statement given today by NOVA Entertainment confirmed that chief technology officer Downes died of heart failure late yesterday.
â€śWe are deeply saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of NOVA Entertainmentâ€™s chief technology Officer, Mark Downes, due to heart failure,â€ť said NOVA Entertainment chief executive officer Cathy Oâ€™Connor toldÂ Radio Today.
â€śFor the past seven years, Mark has led the technology and infrastructure initiativesÂ at our Company and played a key role in industry technological developments as an active Board Member of Commercial Radio Australia.
â€śMark will be sorely missed and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Markâ€™s wife Brenda and his two children Lincoln and Ainsley, at this most difficult time.â€ť
Mark had been in his role of chief technology officer at NOVA Entertainment since 2011.
He previously held the position of national technology manager at Southern Cross Austereo, chief executive officer at Elaine Education, as well as various roles at Sky Channel.