CCME’s Connections sales group restructures


Clear ChannelClear Channel Media and Entertainment announced that Connections, a group within the company’s National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships division that focuses on expanding alliances with national advertisers and partners, will now be organized into three dedicated regions.

Laura Hagen will join the division as SVP for the East Region, Kristina Lutz will join as SVP for the Central Region and Adrienne Pabst has been named SVP for the West Region. They’ll report to Greg Glenday, President of Connections for CCME.

These appointments and the new organization within the Connections group will provide dedicated focus and resources to help leverage Clear Channel’s assets for advertisers in each region.  The new organization will align with Clear Channel’s unified National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships strategy led by Tim Castelli, which allows the division to pursue national multi-platform marketing initiatives that meet advertisers’ need to reach – and engage – consumers in new ways.

The National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships division ensures the close integration of all Clear Channel sales platforms, including Digital Sales, Strategic Partnerships, Connections, Radio Sales and Premiere Networks Sales.

“Expanding the Connections team and rooting our executives in key regions throughout the country further enriches Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s ability to develop innovative and effective marketing programs that connect national advertising partners with our more than 239 million monthly listeners across the country,” said Glenday.  “Clear Channel’s unmatched national reach and ability to activate locally creates the most compelling and unique platform for advertisers and partners.”

Hagen joins from NBC News’ Ad Sales division where she most recently served as General Manager of Brand Solutions.

Lutz will be based in Chicago and oversee all large advertisers and partners located in the region.  She joins from Starcom USA where she most recently served as Senior Vice President and Activation Director.

Newly appointed Gayle O’Carroll and Chris Baskin will join Clear Channel Media and Entertainment as Vice Presidents of Connections for the Central Region and will report to Lutz.  O’Carroll spent the past 13 years holding various sales leadership roles at major content and entertainment brands including Discovery Communications, Disney and Cox Communications.  Baskin will join the company from Buzzmedia, where he championed national accounts like State Farm, Kraft, McDonald’s, Nordstrom, Motorola and many more to help significantly grow revenue for the Midwest Territory.

Britt Levine will join Erin Collier as Vice President of Connections West.  Levine was promoted from within Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and previously served as Sales Manager.  Levine will report directly to Pabst.