Foxtel has hired former Telstra marketing director Chantal Walker as chief marketing officer, according to Australia's AdNews.

Walker was most recently director of marketing strategy at News Limited, answering to group marketing director Ed Smith. She started the News Limited role in February.

At Telstra, Walker was second in charge to former executive director of marketing Amanda Johnston-Pell, who resigned from Telstra in August 2010. Walker was director of brand & advertising, as well as acting executive director of marketing while Johnson-Pell was on maternity leave.

Walker resigned from Telstra at the end of 2010, amid major changes within Telstra's marketing department. Her resignation followed the appointment of chief marketing officer Kate McKenzie, who has since been named group managing director of Telstra Innovations, Products & Marketing.

Heath left Foxtel last month to join Macquarie Banking and Financial Services Group as head of group marketing.