Interep Names Michael Walsh Pres./COO
July 12, 2007 at 11:35 AM (PT)
INTEREP today named MICHAEL WALSH President/COO. WALSH will report to CEO/Vice Chairman DAVE KENNEDY and oversee all of INTEREP's radio representation firms, as well as unwired network division NET SOLUTIONS.
A 20-year industry veteran, WALSH was most recently President of INTEREP's CUMULUS MAJOR MARKET SALES (formerly SUSQUEHANNA RADIO SALES). Before joining INTEREP in 1998 to manage the national sales efforts of the SUSQUEHANNA stations, WALSH was NSM for WINS-A & WNEW/NEW YORK for four years. He also worked for INTEREP from 1990-94 at GROUP W RADIO SALES, during which time he was promoted to Regional VP/Director of Sales for the GROUP W PHILADELPHIA office. From 1986-90, he was an AE and Client Service Rep for ARBITRON in NEW YORK. And he began his career as a producer for WABC-A/NEW YORK.
KENNEDY said, "INTEREP prides itself on exceptional service to our client stations and our agency and advertiser customers, and MIKE WALSH exemplifies that commitment. As long as I've known him, MIKE has distinguished himself for his ability to build a team, his integrity, and his leadership. MIKE has a unique blend of superb analytical skills and smart management abilities, and he's not afraid of change and challenge. Perhaps most importantly, he's widely respected for his strong people skills. Given the opportunities that lie ahead, MIKE's leadership will be vital to putting our new, strategically focused plan-of-action into place for INTEREP and for our clients."
WALSH said, "I am extremely excited about this opportunity. I have been a part of INTEREP for over 17 years, both as an employee and as a client. The one constant over that time has been the terrific group of people we have here who are passionate about what they do and committed to the success of the company. Our focus will be on exceeding the goals and expectations of our client radio stations and meeting the changing needs of the agencies and clients. It is critical that we work together as a team to achieve both goals. This includes working together with our interactive division to ensure that our radio clients participate in the enormous growth opportunities in the digital space by providing integrated marketing solutions to advertisers. I look forward to working with DAVE and the entire staff to lead Interep into a new era of growth."