Warburton takes over Seven West MediaBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Tuesday, 20th August 2019 at 12:49pm
Seven West Media has tapped former APN Outdoor head James Warburton as its new managing director and CEO.
Company chairman Kerry Stokes said Tim Worner’s sudden resignation late last week triggered a need for fresh moves.
Warburton himself is a familiar face in the Seven West family. He was with the firm from 2003 to 2011, with his most prominent role being chief digital and sales officer. His departure at the time was rocky due to noncompete issues over him assuming the CEO role at Ten.
However, Stokes said they have reconciled over what happened and are committed to working together again.
"The industry is going through an issue where traditional media and revenue are getting more difficult, we thought that if we’re going to change the company and pursue the next phase of some growth we had to change the way we do business,” said Stokes.
"To do that we needed an agent for change, an agent who understood the industry, who understood revenue, who understood the elements that gain you revenue as well as the adjacencies going into the future."
Warburton’s entry comes as Seven West Media is preparing to release its FY19 financial report, which may contain details on its debt and measures to streamline business due to digital media developments.
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