iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor Holdings, one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the world, has announced the promotion of Pru Parkinson to the newly created role of Global Chief Marketing Officer, with responsibility for the company’s brand marketing and internal communications.
Pru, who joined CCO’s international division – iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) International (CCI) – as Sales and Marketing Director in January 2010, will work with CCI’s and iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor North America’s (CCOA) marketing teams to build and share the company’s global value proposition, and to lead its macro narrative on creativity, innovation and technology.
In addition, Pru is charged with leading the company’s global internal communications efforts. She will oversee the evolution of the company’s corporate culture to help support the brand on a global scale, while ensuring the flexibility of iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor teams worldwide to remain nimble to local business environments and opportunities in established and emerging markets. Altogether, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor provides diverse out-of-home advertising solutions in 30 countries on five continents.
In announcing her promotion, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor’s Chief Executive Officer, William Eccleshare, said:
“The creation of Pru’s new role as iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor’s Global Chief Marketing Officer reflects our ambition to leverage our global scale and reach, which is unprecedented amongst outdoor advertising companies.”
“This important appointment underscores our commitment to elevating iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor as a distinctive, market-leading media company by empowering our organization with vision, brand values and compelling stories of our results for clients. We offer the most impactful and technologically advanced connections between brands and people from San Francisco to Beijing; Pru will help to inspire marketplaces worldwide with these accomplishments. I have great confidence in Pru’s ability to help us achieve this and to drive the business to its next level of global development.”
Pru has 25 years’ experience in the industry, predominantly in creative and media agencies. She served as CEO at Universal McCann London, before co-founding Nylon, the WPP-owned communications planning business, in 2004.
Prior to joining iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) in January 2010, Pru was Group Strategic Planning Director at Starcom MediaVest.
Commenting on her new role, Pru said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed as Global Chief Marketing Officer at iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Outdoor at a time of great opportunity for our business. As a global company, we are driving expansion in new markets and embracing the creative potential of new technologies. I am excited about the future of our industry and passionate about continuing to promote the iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) story.”