Management changes at Clear Channel


The latest change in the management ranks primarily affects Clear Channel Outdoor, but it opens a position at headquarters for Clear Channel Communications. That’s due to a move from San Antonio to London.

Dirk Eller has been named CFO of Clear Channel International (CCI), the overseas wing of Clear Channel Outdoor. He’ll be based in London and work closely with CCI CEO William Eccleshare, COO Jonathan Bevan and CCI’s Executive Committee on financial, operational, capital, and strategic initiatives.

Eller has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at Clear Channel Communications for six years. In his former role, he directed the acquisition, divestiture, capital investment, and strategic planning process for the company’s radio and outdoor divisions. Clear Channel Communications has begun a search for his replacement, and until a successor is named, inquiries regarding acquisitions and divestitures can be directed to CFO Tom Casey.

“Dirk brings both a wealth of financial management expertise, as well as unique knowledge of the company as a whole, to this role. It is my pleasure to welcome him to our senior leadership team and we look forward to his contributions to CCI,” said Eccleshare.

As Eller takes on his CFO responsibilities in London, COO Jonathan Bevan will assume leadership of CCI’s growth strategy and line responsibility for the organization’s Hub functions of IT and Operations, and will review development resources to ensure that CCI delivers optimal support from the Hub and best harnesses its global experience. CCI’s Sales Operations function will also fall under Bevan’s leadership and will embrace internal sales initiatives such as CRM, Sales Force Effectiveness and Yield Management.

Prior to joining Clear Channel, Eller worked with Private Equity Partners in Fort Worth and Bowles Hollowell Conner, a mergers and acquisition firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Clear Channel Outdoor is the world’s largest outdoor advertising company with close to one million displays in 45 countries across five continents.

RBR-TVBR observation: That makes two high-level positions still to be filled at Clear Channel Communications headquarters. Of course, the big one is the top job – CEO. The target of having a new head honcho by New Year’s Day was not met, but Mark Mays is staying put until his successor is hired.