New York, NY - August 11, 2011 - Clear Channel Radio has made several high-level promotions in national programming and national strategic partnership roles.
Michele Laven, previously senior vice president, distribution and development, was named executive vice president of strategic partnerships, and Tom Poleman, previously senior vice president of programming, will become president, Clear Channel National Programming Platforms.
Tom Poleman will lead a new National Programming Platforms group, which will oversee music and event marketing, label and artist relations, on-air talent development, creating a network of format brand managers and digital programming.
With the creation of the National Programming Platforms Group come other appointments.
Jeff Littlejohn will become executive vice president of engineering and systems integration, reporting to John Hogan. In his new role, Littlejohn will oversee all engineering functions and terrestrial distribution platforms, as well as overseeing RCS. He will lead the integration of Clear Channel's distribution and operations systems. He was previously executive vice president of distribution.
Tom Owens, formerly executive vice president of programming development, will become executive vice president of programming research and strategy. In his new role, Owens will head Clear Channel's programming resources, leverage Clear Channel's research capabilities to expand programmers' access to consumer perspectives and insights.
Darren Davis will become senior vice president, general manager of national programming platforms, reporting to Tom Poleman. Davis will focus on leading Clear Channel's Programming Operations Center and the company's Premium Choice network, which is used to import and export programming innovation and excellence from region to region, market to market and station to station. Additionally, Davis will develop and lead a new team of format directors. Davis was previously senior vice president of national distribution.