The CEO of RadioCentre, Andrew Harrison is leaving the company on September 30 after seven years at the helm.
Radio Today reports that the former Radio Advertising Bureau executive chair Linda Smith has been appointed interim CEO of the commercial radio organisation and will lead it prior to a new full-time CEO being appointed for 2014.
Harrison is going on to set up his own business but will act as a consultant for the RadioCentre board until March 2014.
Said Harrison: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading RadioCentre since its formation in 2006 and working with everyone across the wider radio industry. I am proud of the many important regulatory and legislative changes that the RadioCentre team has helped secure for our members and of the growth the sector has shown in recent years in an intensely competitive media market.
“I leave a rapidly consolidating sector at the top of its game, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and anticipating an exciting digital future. I am now looking forward building my new strategic consultancy practice across the brand and media sectors and am delighted that RadioCentre will be a founding client.”
Smith said: “Having led the RAB for the past few years, I am relishing the challenge of taking the reins at RadioCentre to ensure it is in excellent shape for the new full-time CEO in the early New Year.”
Dianne Thompson, chair of RadioCentre, added: “Andrew has steered RadioCentre and the wider commercial radio industry very successfully through a period of unprecedented and intense change over the past seven years. We will continue to benefit from Andrew’s expertise, as a founding client in his exciting new venture.
“He leaves with our thanks and very best wishes. Linda is a strong and extremely competent senior executive, who we are confident will ably steer RadioCentre until the handover to the new CEO.”
RadioCentre is the trade body for commercial radio that was founded in 2006 after the merger of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the Commercial Radio Companies Association (CRCA). He also sits on the boards of RAJAR and Digital Radio UK and is the chairman of UK Radioplayer Ltd.
Harrison’s previous roles including marketing director positions across the UK and international for companies including Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola, Nestlé and Muller Dairy. He was voted Marketer of the Year in the 2003 Marketing Society Awards.