Seven’s chief digital officer Clive Dickens moves to Optus

Seven West Media’s chief digital officer, Clive Dickens, has resigned from the company to take the newly created role of VP for television, content and product development at Optus.

Dickens has been with Seven for four years, having joined the network from his previous stint as Southern Cross Austereo’s director of digital and innovation.

Dickens is exiting the business after four years

In addition to his role at Seven, Dickens currently sits on multiple boards as a non executive director including Yahoo7, HealthEngine, Oxis Media, Freeview Australia, Airtasker and the IAB.

“It’s been a blast – rewarding, challenging, exhilarating, and mostly a lot of fun.

“I’m particularly proud of all that we have achieved with 7plus, and our streaming platforms across two Olympics, three Australian Opens and four Melbourne Cups. But most of all I’m so proud of my team – they are some of the very best and most talented digital professionals in Australia and it’s been a pleasure working alongside them,” Dickens said.

An Optus spokesperson told Mumbrella: “Clive Dickens has been appointed to the role of Vice President, Television, Content and Product Development, joining as an executive from Seven West Media.

“Mr Dickens will report directly to Deputy CEO, Kelly Bayer Rosmarin. This is a new role that will be responsible for product development, lifting Optus’ digital capability and importantly leveraging Optus’ important content assets including Optus Sport.”

Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, said in a statement: “Clive has had a huge impact on our company and been one of the key members of the team driving our transformation. We have a lot to thank him for.

“Seven is now a very different company from when Clive joined. We have built a world class digital product and technology capability with market-leading consumer products, which five million Australians use each month.”

In addition to Dickens’s departure, Seven has also announced a series of promotions.

Dickens’ responsibilities will be assumed by the four new appointments.

Darren Kerry, currently Seven’s digital director of technology and over the top applications (OTT), has been promoted to the role of director of digital product and technology.

Seven has also promoted its digital sales director of OTT video, James Bayes, to network digital sales director.

In addition, Seven’s head of scheduling, Brook Hall, has become a director of content scheduling.

Meanwhile, Seven’s commercial manager of digital, Will Hedberg, has been promoted to head of digital finance.

Worner added: “Our long-established succession planning means we have an incredibly talented team of highly experienced executives ready to seamlessly take the lead and aggressively keep up the pace.

“We have a lot to look forward to, with the ongoing success of 7plus, the launch of and next year’s Tokyo Olympics for which we are currently building the best digital sporting product and platform ever seen in Australia.”


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