Saturday 22 July 2017

Serle to replace Slowey as ceo at Communicorp

Gervaise Slowey is stepping down after four years at the helm
Gervaise Slowey is stepping down after four years at the helm
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Communicorp Group, which operates radio stations including Newstalk and Today FM as well as broadcasters in the UK and Bulgaria, has appointed former Orion Media boss Adrian Serle as its new ceo.

He'll take over from Gervaise Slowey, who is stepping down from the company after four years at the helm of the Denis O'Brien-owned group.

Ms Slowey, who will remain as ceo until the end of the year, said her time at the firm had come to a natural end.

"Communicorp is made up of a strong dynamic team of incredibly brilliant people across all the businesses and functions who have been truly inspirational to work with.

"I would like to thank Lucy Gaffney, the board and the management team for the opportunity and support over the years and I wish them every success as they embark on the next phase," she said. Communicorp chairwoman Lucy Gaffney thanked Ms Slowey for her time at the business.

"She has been a great chief executive and I would like to wish her the very best in her future career.

"I am very happy that we have found an excellent successor to Gervaise and I can confirm that Adrian Serle will be joining the company in the New Year," Ms Gaffney said.

Incoming ceo Mr Serle said he was thrilled to be joining one of the country's largest media firms.

"The ever-changing landscape of media consumption and the way that consumers are engaging with brands, enjoying a social and multi-platform experience, creates huge opportunity and I can't wait to get started, working with the teams to exploit this potential," he said.

The English executive previously headed Orion Media, a radio group sold this year to Bauer Media by private equity owner LDC for £50m. Orion has a weekly audience of 1.25m.

Irish Independent

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