Four ARN General Managers axed amidst restructure

ARN’s four state General Managers, George Fiacchi (Adelaide), Steve Rowe (Melbourne), Anthony Fitzgerald (Sydney) and Peter Verhoeven (Brisbane), were axed this morning as part of a major restructure of how the radio company runs its business.
ARN Chief Executive Officer, Ciaran Davis, who joined the company at the beginning of this year, told radioinfo: “This change is not about cost cutting or widespread job cuts,  it is the most substantial shake-up of ARN in a number of years that will involve significant re-investment across a number of core areas.”

 

The Australian Radio Network made the state GM jobs redundant as part of an internal restructure of the company’s management which “will create a new national leadership team.” The General Manager position in the company’s Canberra stations, held by Eoghan O’Byrne, has not been restructured as it is part of a joint venture with Austereo. 

From next month ARN will move to “a nationally guided, function-based management approach” designed to change the way ARN fundamentally conducts business, and improve business performance, the company said in a statement explaining the restructure.

 

As a result of the restructure, the positions of General Manager in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will cease to exist, and the new national leadership team will manage each of ARN’s business functions.

Content will be led by Duncan Campbell, Revenue by Paul Parker and Finance by Cormac O’Shea.

Graeme O’Connor will manage Technology and IT and Geraint Davies will be responsible for Operations, including the newly expanded Payroll and HR areas. Jodie Koning will soon join ARN as National Marketing Director, a new role within the ARN Group.

Brisbane GM Peter Verhoeven, a veteran radio man, just won an ACRA for most popular General Manager at this year’s radio awards and his station FM97.3 this week reached equal top position in the Brisbane ratings for the first time.

 

Ciaran Davis says: “This change is not about cost cutting or widespread job cuts… The restructure will give everyone at ARN more autonomy and more accountability across the business that will in turn make ARN more relevant to our audiences, our markets and our clients.

“We are on the verge of a very exciting era in Australian radio and I want ARN to capture its potential by changing the way we think and the way we do business across our various markets.”

 

Ciaran Davis joined ARN in December last year from Communicorp, an international commercial broadcaster operating one of eastern and central Europe’s largest independent radio groups. He was the group’s commercial director, where he was been responsible for all operational and commercial aspects of the Group’s radio assets. He previously held roles as CEO and marketing director for 98FM in Dublin.