ARN announces new commercial structure, appoints Emma-Jayne Owens as CCO

Australian Radio Network (ARN) will say goodbye to Brian Blacklock, national sales director, direct, and has appointed Emma-Jayne Owens to the newly-created role of chief commercial officer, as part of changes to its commercial structure.

Owens will start at ARN on 20 March

ARN announced Blacklock would be leaving the business after 36 years, with Owens  to join the team on 20 March.

Owens will become a part of the executive leadership team and be responsible for the commercial function across all platforms in addition to integration, creative and strategy.

ARN said Owens brings a wealth of experience to the the role, with a career spanning Australia’s media, entertainment and digital businesses over more than 25 years. Owens has held roles at Ninemsn (Mi9), Network Ten and Southern Cross Austrereo, before her more recent stint as director APAC for Big Mobile.

Owens joined Big Mobile last year after her role at Mi9 (Nine’s digital division) was made redundant during a restructure in 2015.

At the time of her departure from Mi9, Peter Wiltshire, group sales and marketing director of Nine Entertainment said: “The Australian media is experiencing unprecedented change, and the ad market is responding by demanding more integrated solutions and a more seamless service model.”

The new commercial sales structure at ARN will see Matthew Granger promoted to the role of commercial director NSW and Queensland, where he will be responsible for the commercial function for both agency and direct sales in both markets as well as the management of national agency partnerships.


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