Tom Poleman & John Sykes: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 29

Tom Poleman & John Sykes

Poleman: 50, President of national programming platforms, iHeartMedia

 

Sykes: 59, President of entertainment enterprises, iHeartMedia


Last year's rank: Poleman: 48; Sykes: 67

For the last three years, Poleman and Sykes have been the programming dynamos behind Clear Channel's iHeartRadio franchise, overseeing the 12-night Jingle Ball U.S. arena tour (more than 200,000 tickets sold), the ambitious two-night iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas (22 million streams) and 2014's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards (5.4 million viewers). But both executives credit Clear Channel's September 2014 name change to iHeartMedia as their proudest achievement. The new moniker "really reflected our move from an old-school business model to a modern multiplatform entertainment company," Sykes says, with 20-year company vet Poleman adding, "It helps the industry better understand what we do."

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: "Taking Z100 [New York] from the brink of a format change in the late '90s back to America's most-listened-to radio station." -- Poleman