Clear Channel's Sales Group Restructures
Connections, which is Clear Channel's national sales and marketing division, is reorganizing into three regions. Laura Hagen joins Connections from NBC News and becomes Senior VP for the East Region. Kristina Lutz, comes to Clear Channel from Starcom USA, to become Senior VP for the Central Region. And Adrienne Pabst becomes Senior Vice President for the West Region.
Hagen joins Clear Channel from NBC News’ Advertising Sales division where she most recently served as General Manager of Brand Solutions. She began at NBC in 2003 and focused on cross-platform media sales. Prior to NBC, Hagen held various sales positions at Salon Media Group, The Industry Standard (IDG), 24/7 Media, and Ziff-Davis Magazine Networks. She will join the company beginning February 11, 2013, and will be based out of New York City.
Lutz joins Clear Channel from Starcom USA where she most recently served as Senior Vice President and Activation Director. Lutz also served as Senior Vice President/Managing Director of General Motors Planworks, a dedicated unit of Starcom MediaVest Group that conducted media buying, planning, and research. Lutz will work out of Chicago and will oversee all large advertisers and partners located in the region.
Newly appointed Gayle O'Carroll and Chris Baskin will join Clear Channel Media and Entertainment as Vice Presidents of Connections for the Central Region and will report to Lutz. O’Carroll spent the past 13 years holding various sales leadership roles at major content and entertainment brands including Discovery Communications, Disney, and Cox Communications. Baskin will join the company from Buzzmedia, where he championed national accounts like State Farm, Kraft, McDonald’s, Nordstrom, Motorola and many more to help significantly grow revenue for the Midwest Territory.
Also announced today, Britt Levine will join Erin Collier as Vice President of Connections West. Levine was promoted from within Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and previously served as Sales Manager. Levine will report directly to Adrienne Pabst, Senior Vice President of Connections West.