JC Decaux announces new leadership lineup, making three APN Outdoor executives redundant

Following the approved merger of JC Decaux and APN Outdoor, the out of home company has announced its new leadership lineup and made three APN Outdoor executives redundant.

Steve O’Connor, CEO of the combined JC Decaux and APN Outdoor business has appointed Andrew Hines as chief operating officer, Brendan O’Neil as chief financial officer, Max Eburne as chief commercial officer, Jeremy Howe as chief strategy and innovation officer, Essie Wake as chief marketing officer and Mike Watkins as New Zealand country head.

The leadership team came into effect yesterday.

The new leadership team came into effect yesterday

Meanwhile, APN Outdoor’s general manager of people, culture and performance Annaliese van Riet, CFO Philip Knox and general manager of sales Mark Fairhurst have all been made redundant.

Last month APN Outdoor’s CEO James Warburton announced he would be leaving the company following the completion of JC Decaux’s acquisition.

It will mark the end of a busy 10 months for the executive, who joined APN Outdoor after four years as CEO of V8 Supercars.

Charlotte Valente, APN Outdoor’s general manager of marketing, announced her departure on Wednesday.

JC Decaux first offered to buy APN Outdoor for $1.1 billion in June this year.

“I am confident that we have the right combination of talent, skills and experience in our new leadership team who will now work together to create a market leading out-of-home company in Australia and New Zealand.

“As the world’s largest out-of-home advertising company, we can bring all the benefits a global brand can offer and, with the addition of APN Outdoor’s scale and expertise, behave like the market leader that we are. The leadership team and I will work closely to combine our talent, capabilities, products and technology to deliver our clients a world-class offering,” O’Connor said in a statement.


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