Saturday 17 March 2018

Two appointments complete senior level of revised organisational structure at RTE

RTE’s Dee Forbes Photo: David Conachy
RTE’s Dee Forbes Photo: David Conachy
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The two remaining positions on RTE's executive board have been filled.

Frances Abeton, Director of Operations and Production Services and Adrian Lynch, Director of Audience, Channels and Marketing will take up their roles in the coming weeks.

Formerly vice president of Firecrest (now an Icon company), Ms Abeton has a background in pharmaceuticals, technology, telecoms and finance

"I’m delighted to join Ireland’s national public service media at this important moment of evolution for the organisation," she said.

"Driving and achieving change through innovative solutions while implementing successful business strategies has always been my focus."

Frances holds a Master of Business Administration from Smurfit Business School in Dublin.

Currently Channel Controller for RTÉ One and RTÉ2, Mr Lynch has been with RTÉ since the end of 2014 and is formerly Managing Director of independent television production company, Animo Television.

"I look forward now to working alongside Director of Content Jim Jennings as we continue to work with Irish programme makers and talent, both inside and outside of RTÉ, to bring the very best of home-grown content to Irish audiences," he said.

Director-General Dee Forbes said the appointments complete the senior level of the revised organisational structure at the broadcaster.

"As RTÉ responds to changing audience consumption habits and production models, this new structure will drive collaboration, and enhance creativity while creating efficiencies to equip RTÉ for the challenges and opportunities to come," she said.

Adrian and Frances join the executive board in the coming weeks, which comprises Dee Forbes (Director-General), Jon Williams (Director of News and Current Affairs), Jim Jennings (Director of Content), Breda O’Keeffe (Chief Financial Officer), Willie O’Reilly (Director of Commercial), Brian Dalton (Director of Corporate Affairs), Eimear Cusack (Director of HR), and Richard Waghorn (Director of Transformation and Technology).

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