While his departure from Clear Channel has been telegraphed for months now, Evan Harrison, president of Clear Channel Digital, officially made his final goodbyes today. Word first leaked out last fall that he planned to leave by the end of last year. Things clearly took a bit longer to wind down, and earlier this month Clear Channel president and CEO John Hogan issued a memo to staff listing Harrison's departure by the end of this month.
Today, Harrison issued the following memo to his staff:
Nearly six and a half years ago John Hogan presented me with a tremendous opportunity -- to develop and execute a digital strategy for Clear Channel Radio. Thanks to your leadership, together, we led the way and forever changed radio.
Audiences now stay connected with our powerful local brands throughout the day. Not only do they listen to our broadcasts on computers and mobile devices through our iheartradio app, they also watch original video programs on demand, view photo galleries, and listen to complimentary 'digital only' radio stations. Further, we created integrated solutions for our current advertisers (and thousands of new clients), which include on-air, video and rich media. THIS is radio today, and you Made It Happen.
Thank you for your belief, creativity, passion, and pride. We built a solid foundation, as Bob Pittman & John Hogan pointed out in their gracious notes announcing my departure, I will watch fondly from a different vantage point as you take it to the next level.
With respect and gratitude,
It's not clear yet what Harrison's next post will be. His name had been bandied about last year as a potential head of Google's pending music service, but that was mostly blue-sky speculation. We'll be keeping track of his progress.