ARN appoints digital commercial director

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 5 April 2019
Rich Howells

Australian Radio Network (ARN) has continued its restructure with the appointment of Rich Howells as national digital commercial director.

Howells will lead the further development of ARN’s multi-platform commercial strategy across digital assets including all station sites, The Roar and iHeartRadio.

With more than 14 years’ experience in digital marketing, he previously worked at Amobee where he was group operations director for the APAC region.

“We welcome Howells to ARN as part of our recent restructure of the national commercial leadership team,” ARN chief commercial officer Pete Whitehead says.

“His appointment is a key part of ARN’s commercial strategy to continue to drive growth and leverage our digital assets nationally.”

The continued restructure comes following a round of exits and redundancies within the HT&E business, owner of ARN, following its sale of Adshel to Ooh!Media in October 2018.

In January, HT&E chief revenue officer Tony Kendall and partnerships director Greg Tremain were made redundant.

Late last year, the ARN CEO role was scrapped as HT&E worked on simplifying the business, which saw Rob Atkinson exit.

Howells will commence his role at ARN’s Melbourne office on April 8.

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