HT&E restructure sees Rob Atkinson’s role assumed by Ciaran Davis

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In a big shakeup to HT&E’s management structure, the role of ARN chief executive officer is set to be phased out.

HT&E announce this morning that these changes will see Rob Atkinson depart the business in early 2019 following a handover period.

As a result, ARN’s radio leadership team will now report directly to HT&E managing director and CEO Ciaran Davis.

In a press release, HT&E emphasised the fact that its exit from traditional publishing, the NZME demerger, and the recent sale of Adshel for $570 million have led to ARN becoming its principal business.

“We’re focused on streamlining the organisational structure between the Corporate and ARN divisions with one Managing Director/CEO across HT&E and ARN, allowing us to optimise the cost structure, reduce corporate costs and ultimately set the business up for ongoing operational effectiveness and further growth,” said HT&E chairman Hamish McLennan.

“Ciaran is perfectly placed to lead the business into the next phase of its growth.”

Davis was previously the CEO of ARN from 2011 – 2015.

“I would sincerely like to thank Rob for his contribution to ARN, driving a new vision for the business during significant change to our show and talent line up,” said Davis.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the vital role he played running Adshel for five years.

“I’m excited to be working even more closely with the ARN Executive team to achieve their vision to create the future of audio entertainment. HT&E is a fantastic business underpinned by ARN and a balance sheet the envy of the traditional media sector.

“This structure will allow us to look at growth opportunities across the sector where we can further leverage our natural strengths and focus with content creation, audience delivery and our relationships with advertisers.”

Atkinson was recently named on a list of 10 finalists for 2018’s Executive of the Year Awards, as selected by CEO Mag.

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Sam
3 Dec 2018 - 9:35 am

Trimming the fat at ARN

Trevor
3 Dec 2018 - 10:07 am

after what he did to WS no wonder I say

Anonomous
3 Dec 2018 - 11:27 am

Sad that Rob has taken the fall for some appalling content decisions this year. Nice guy great operator.

Jen
3 Dec 2018 - 3:50 pm

The Head of Content has more lives that cats. Sorry to see the CEO fall.

Sean
4 Dec 2018 - 1:49 am

Good guy unfair too many good people have copped the blame for poor content decisions made at Gold, 96, Kiis101 and 97. ARN is obviously for sale but can’t find buyers.

Anon
4 Dec 2018 - 10:22 am

Rob is the most down to earth CEO who has shown amazing support to ARN staff when needed most. A lot went on behind the scenes.

Most approachable CEO ever and it’s pretty upsetting to see a CEO who was shortlisted in the top CEOs of Australia get booted.

RS
4 Dec 2018 - 12:30 pm

Think they axed the wrong bloke.

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