John Burns has been appointed CEO for 98FM. Burns joins the award winning radio station from Diageo where he worked on the Guinness brand as Communications and Content Lead for Europe as well as leading the strategy and P&L for the new innovations from Guinness including Hop House 13. Before holding this role, Burns acted as Global Strategy and Communications Manager for Baileys and Guinness Marketing Manager.
Gervaise Slowey, Group CEO & Director of Communicorp Group commented; “John will be a great appointment for 98FM. His experience mixes both strong traditional marketing strategy with the techniques and thinking of next generation marketing. He is a leader with many years management experience and strong commercial ability and I have no doubt he will continue to drive 98FM’s growth.”
Reacting to the announcement of his new appointment, John Burns said; “It’s exciting to lead the hugely successful team at 98FM at a time when the station is experiencing growth in listenership. 98FM is a big part of the fabric of this city and has kept Dubliners engaged, entertained, and talking for over 25 years. I look forward to working with the team here to bring continued success to Dublin’s favourite radio station.”
Caroline Reynolds has been appointed COO for the Communicorp Group. Reynolds joined Communicorp in July 2014 as Director of Acquisition & Investment assessing and identifying opportunities for the Group. Since January 2015, Caroline has worked closely with many of the companies across Communicorp supporting their management teams.
In her new role as Chief Operating Officer Reynolds will be responsible for planning, directing and implementing Group wide initiatives and business strategies, working closely with Communicorp senior management and the company CEO’s.
Prior to joining Communicorp, Reynolds held the position of Head of Corporate Finance with Digicel out of their head office in Jamaica. She was a key member of the team driving the group expansion into new markets across the Caribbean and South American with particular responsibility for Investor Relations.
Gervaise Slowey commented; “Caroline’s appointment to the role of Group COO is an important one for Communicorp. She has been instrumental in developing our strategic direction over the last few years and having worked with our business units, she has a deep understanding of our business.”
Reynolds will start her new role at Communicorp Group from September 1st with Burns joining 98FM in October.