ARN shakes up commercial team

Australian Radio Network (ARN) has announced changes to its commercial team, with Kate Blakeley, Lena Rapley and Denis Donati all taking on new roles, and Shaun Scully returning to the business.

There have been no redundancies as part of the shake up.

Blakley, who took on the role of Sydney sales director for independent agencies in a restructure last year, has been promoted to Sydney agency sales director. She replaces Angus Leech who was promoted to national agency sales director in February last year.

Rapley, who in the 2020 restructure became commercial partnerships director, replaces Blakey, but with an expanded remit. She will be independent sales director across Sydney and Melbourne, which ARN said is in line with the Independent Media Agencies of Australia’s (IMAA) multi-state expansion.

Donati, meanwhile, takes on the newly created role of group sales manager for digital across Sydney and Melbourne. He had been group sales manager for Sydney agencies, and has had his remit expanded.

And Scully will be back with ARN for his third stint. Back in 2005 he had been an account director. He left in 2008 to become NSW sales director for TorchMedia, but returned in 2011 as sales manager. Since leaving he has been a sales director at what was then known as DMG Radio (now NOVA Entertainment), an account director at Macquarie Media (now Nine Radio), and also held roles at Amaze Communication and carsales.com.au.

He returns to ARN as sales director for direct sales in Sydney. The role replaces Lee Wright who moved back to New Zealand late last year.

ARN’s chief commercial officer, Pete Whitehead, said the promotions and return of Scully will assist the company’s growth strategy and strengthen its position as Australia’s leading audio company.

“ARN has always invested in the best talent which is why we have the skills and depth of experience to be able to promote from within and Kate, Lena and Denis have all achieved exceptional results for our clients. Denis’ appointment marks our commitment to delivering digital audio expertise in line with the evolution of our client’s audio marketing strategies, while Lena’s appointment will ensure a smooth transition and continuity for our clients who work with ARN’s Independent team as we continue to evolve that specialised offering,” he said.

“I’m also pleased to welcome Shaun back to ARN with his broad range of experience to lead our high-performing Sydney direct sales team.”

Last month, ARN announced a restructure which saw Corey Layton take over iHeartRadio as head of digital audio. Adam Williams was also promoted to the newly created role of head of audio product and innovation within ARN’s commercial team, and Michael Dargan became head of creative.

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22 Feb 2021 - 12:29 pm

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