Clear Channel UK has announced the appointment of former Motorola vice president Andrew Morley as its new chief executive. Morley (pictured) will replace Matthew Dearden in the role. Dearden was named the new CEO of Clear Channel’s European operations.
Morley resigned from Motorola as vice-president and general manager for the UK and Ireland in April of this year. Morley’s departure closely followed Google’s sale of the manufacturer to Lenovo in January for £1.8bn.
In an exclusive interview with Mobile at the time, Morley said he felt it was the right time to leave the company. Speaking to Mobile he said: ‘With the Moto G having done so well, gaining a 6% share of the UK market in six months - which is a great achievement - I feel I am leaving on a real high.’ He said he was looking to pursue other opportunities in mobile. At the time, Morley said he had two offers on the table - one from a company in the mobile industry and one from an organisation outside of the telecoms industry. He said: ‘I am not going to rush my decision. I think it is right for me to take some time to decide.’ He previously held roles at the Harrods Group, BSkyB and Ford.
'Clear Channel UK is a great company, with an open culture and very talented team, and I am looking forward to working as part of it,' said Morley on his new appointment. 'I truly believe the business is on the cusp of a revolution. There are few industries that are going through as exciting a change as the OOH [out-of-home] medium, which is driven by the convergence of outdoor, digital and mobile. I feel that it is an incredible opportunity for me.'
Speaking following the announcement, Dearden said there were three key areas that he wanted to focus on. 'Firstly, harnessing powerful understanding of our advertisers, partners and markets. Secondly, designing and executing effective strategies using this insight. Finally, and most importantly, I will be working with leaders across Europe to make these intentions a reality that drive our business forward.'
Both Morley and Dearden will take up the new appointments immediately.