Clear Channel Ups Brian Lakamp To Pres./Technology & Digital Ventures, Darren Davis To Oversee iHeartRadio
July 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL has just promoted BRIAN LAKAMP to President of Technology and Digital Ventures, and has put iHEARTRADIO under the purview of CLEAR CHANNEL NETWORKS GROUP and its Pres. DARREN DAVIS.
“Our corporate focus on digital, increasingly leveraging technology to maximize our business, reflects the natural evolution of Clear Channel into a 21st century media company,” CLEAR CHANNEL Chairman/CEO BOB PITTMAN said. “Creativity is also enabled by technology, and as advertisers’ interest in new and emerging technology options continues to grow, we intend to remain at the forefront of both innovation and creativity. BRIAN is perfectly positioned to help us – and our consumers, advertisers and content partners – as we continue to build CLEAR CHANNEL’s digital roadmap for the future.”
“Looking across CLEAR CHANNEL’s diverse set of media businesses and its unparalleled reach, there are massive opportunities to utilize emerging technologies to unlock business value and offer unmatched possibilities for our advertisers, our audiences and ourselves around analytics, programmatic buying of targeted audiences, and beyond,” LAKAMP said. “It has been an honor to lead our iHEARTRADIO team as we built the fastest growing digital audio service in the history of the Internet, and I am now excited to take on this broader technology role for the entire company."
“Digital is now at the core of CLEAR CHANNEL and is key to all our operating businesses, and putting BRIAN -- someone with a proven technology and digital track record -- into the most senior level of the company with a clear mandate to keep us in the forefront of using technology to transform our business reflects the increasingly important role that technology is playing at CLEAR CHANNEL,” CLEAR CHANNEL Pres. RICH BRESSLER added.
Under this new structure, iHEARTRADIO will become part of CLEAR CHANNEL NETWORKS GROUP, under the purview of Pres. DARREN DAVIS.
“I'm proud of the incredible work the iHEARTRADIO GROUP has done under BRIAN, and I am confident the momentum will continue to grow as they join the CLEAR CHANNEL NETWORKS GROUP under the leadership of Darren Davis given his successes in programming and experience in heading our Networks businesses," PITTMAN said,
DAVIS will now oversee the entire business of iHEARTRADIO as well as PREMIERE NETWORKS, TOTAL TRAFFIC, WEATHER NETWORK and the 24/7 NEWS NETWORK. “I look forward to working with the immensely talented iHEARTRADIO team to build on the tremendous success of iHeartRadio by utilizing the full promotional and creative power of CLEAR CHANNEL for iHEARTRADIO NETWORKS,“ he said. “I’m excited to continue my collaboration with BRIAN in his new role to leverage new opportunities and maximize emerging technologies across CLEAR CHANNEL’s national platforms and services."