BOB PITTMAN, 65
Chairman/CEO, iHeartMedia Inc.
JOHN SYKES, 63
President of entertainment enterprises, iHeartMedia
TOM POLEMAN, 54
Chief programming officer/president of national programming group, iHeartMedia
LISTENING HOURS ON ECHO UP 200 PERCENT: iHeartMedia’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy approval in January will allow the company to reduce its debt from $16.1 billion to $5.75 billion — and even though the company took a six-month revenue hit last summer, Pittman retains his characteristic optimism. “If you borrowed too much money on your income, you’re going to have a hard time paying [the mortgage], but the house is still a great house,” he says. The world’s biggest broadcast company has diversified to include podcasts — iHeart has nearly 13 million unique monthly podcast listeners, second to NPR, according to Podtrac — and a presence on Amazon’s Echo, where listening hours are up 200 percent, according to the company. “This has been the year where our multiplatform strategy has borne fruit,” says Pittman.