Kendall announces new ARN commercial structure

Staff Writer

ARN has announced some changes to its commercial structure including the appointment of Emma-Jayne Owens to the newly created role of chief commercial officer.

Owens will join the network’s executive leadership team, responsible for commercial functions across all platforms in addition to integration, creative and strategy.
Owens brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise.

“I’m delighted to be joining ARN. The opportunity to unite our assets across all platforms is considerable, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to further strengthen ARN’s proposition across the country,” she said.

Her 25-year media career has included senior sales roles at Ninemsn (Mi9), Network TEN and SCA.

Most recently, Emma-Jayne was group sales director APAC at Big Mobile where she oversaw commercial teams in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines and was responsible for building strategic, team and leadership capabilities within the business. In this role, she worked with agencies and clients across these regions.

ARN CEO Tony Kendall said: “This new structure reflects ARN’s ongoing investment in an ‘audience first’ approach, providing the very best integrated solutions for our customers.

He added: “Emma-Jayne brings extensive commercial leadership to our business, most recently across digital, but also across multiple media including a very strong radio background. I’m excited for her to be joining the team and particularly that she’ll be working alongside Matt who will expand his role across both agency and direct in Sydney and Brisbane.”

Owens will join the ARN team on March 20 and will be based in Sydney.

As part of the changes announced by ARN, Matthew Granger is promoted to the role of commercial director for New South Wales and Queensland. He will be responsible for agency and direct sales in both markets and management of national agency partnerships.

Also as part of the restructure, ARN’s national direct sales director Brian Blacklock is leaving ARN with Kendall saying, “I’d like to thank Brian Blacklock for his outstanding contribution to ARN in many roles across his tenure and wish him all the very best moving forward.

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