Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced the creation of two new high-level positions today as Tom Schurr is appointed President of Operations for the company’s major markets while Matt Martin takes the same title for the company’s Regional Markets. Both will report directly to company Chairman and CEO John Hogan. Both positions represent more of an effort to streamline the company’s existing systems than any sort of new management structure.
The major markets had previously been split three ways between Executive Vice Presidents of Operations (EVPO); Schurr, Hartley Adkins and Susan Karis who recently decided to leave the company. Now, Schurr takes the lead in his new title with Adkins and the recently promoted Tom McConnell reporting to him and holding the EVPO titles. McConnell had been working with the regional markets as a Senior Vice President of Operations.
According to the company’s official release, in his new position Schurr will, “ensure that Clear Channel’s major broadcast markets have a dedicated operational focus, efficient lines of communication and continue to leverage the powerful, innovative resources that make Clear Channel the leading media and entertainment company in America.”
In the regional markets, which represent the balance of the company’s portfolio outside the majors, Martin takes on the new position of president and his focus will be on making sure, “the Regional markets have a dedicated operating focus, enhanced communication and collaboration and efficient access to Clear Channel’s full range of best-in-class assets and resources.”
Reporting to Martin will be John Rohm, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Southeast Regional Markets, and two other soon-to-be-named Senior Vice Presidents of Operations for Regional Markets. Of the two openings, one became available via McConnell’s promotion while the other represents a new addition to the structure.
Each of the three people who have been elevated to new positions in the shuffle, Schurr, Martin and McConnell, have long histories with the company which was recognized by Hogan in announcing the new positions, “The proven leadership, experience and performance results of Tom, Matt and Tom M. have shown that they are the perfect candidates to help continue to reinvent how our evolving markets operate. They have all earned the opportunity to grow their careers and will be an integral part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s exciting future.”