ARN strengthens tech & innovation investment with key hires

The Australian Radio Network (ARN) has strengthened its investment in the future of digital audio and technology, with Fayad Tohme joining the business in the newly created role of chief digital and technology officer.

Reporting to ARN chief executive officer Ciaran Davis, the role sits within ARN’s executive leadership team and part of an ambitious roadmap and future strategy. Tohme will be responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of digital, data, technology, and product innovation for ARN.

Fayad Tohme

Tohme joins the ARN team from Nova Entertainment, where he was chief digital officer responsible for developing Nova’s digital strategy and commercial growth. Prior to Nova, he held a range of digital leadership positions in consulting, strategy, and transformation.

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Alongside the appointment of Tohme, ARN has also created a new digital & technology leadership team, comprising Tracey Gillan (head of commercial operations), Corey Layton (head of digital audio), Rich Howells (head of digital commercial), Matt Ollerenshaw ( head of broadcast and workplace technology) and soon-to-be appointed head of business solutions.

Of the new appointment, ARN’s Davis said: “We’re building the best radio and digital audio business in the country and are really excited about the roadmap we are developing. Fayad brings with him a wealth of knowledge and skills, and his appointment is a key part of ARN’s future to drive growth across existing and new digital platforms. ”

Tohme said of his appointment: “I’m thrilled to be part of a truly dynamic and inspiring business. ARN’s rich heritage in audio, creative, and sale capabilities make me excited about the opportunity ahead. I’m looking forward to working with the team to help ARN achieve its next phase of growth and build Australia’s most innovative, digitally-led audio business. ”

Tohme has a Bachelor of Robotic Engineering from the University of Sydney, a Master of Management from UTS, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

In April, the company appointed PR agency, Mango Communications, as Brooke Cashell, who was long as head of PR & communications.

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