ARN has a new CEO – Rob Atkinson

Staff Writer

Rob Atkinson, the current CEO of Adshel, will replace Tony Kendall as ARN’s chief executive officer. 

Kendall isn’t leaving ARN; he’s being elevated to the newly created chief revenue officer role for APN.

The company says Kendall’s extensive experience in media – developing and implementing integrated solutions across numerous sectors – means he is best placed to lead this new business development team within the group.

Atkinson has been CEO of Adshel for five years. In that time he has transformed the business, culminating in a record year for both revenue and EBITDA. His strong strategic thinking and his leadership are the perfect skill sets to develop and lead ARN’s multi-platform offering to both audiences and advertisers,

This is all according to a statement from APN today, which also outlines further appointments to its executive team including Mike Tyquin, who will replace Atkinson as CEO of Adshel, after serving as chief commercial officer since May 2014.

CEO of APN, Ciaran Davis, said the changes to the executive team reflected the company’s ambitions to reposition APN as one of the leading media operators in the market and will significantly contribute to optimising value creating integration across the Group.

“The appointments are crucial to our future growth and will ensure we can meet the challenges of the competitive and evolving media environment,” he said.

“We are very pleased to have Rob Atkinson move across to CEO of ARN. His experience at Clear Channel UK and five subsequent years at Adshel have given him the skills and experience to lead ARN into its next phase of growth as a multi-platform entertainment company.”

APN has also appointed a “Chief People Officer” in Emma Hogan to lead the people and culture division across the APN group, with responsibility for driving the overall strategic direction of the HR function.

Hogan joins APN from Foxtel where she was executive director customer experience until June 2016, and prior was the executive director people, culture & internal communications for eight years.

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