Seven digital director Clive Dickens switches to Optus


Seven West Media's digital director Clive Dickens resigned to take over the newly created VP of Television, Content and Product Development at Optus.

Dickens resigned from the media company after spending four years with Seven. He joined the network of his previous stop at Southern Cross Austereo as director of digital and innovation.

Dickens is going out of business after four years

In addition to his role in Seven, Dickens currently holds various boards as a non-executive director, including Yahoo7, HealthEngine, Oxis Media, Freeview Australia, Airtasker and IAB.


"It was a blast – gratifying, challenging, stimulating and fun.

"I'm particularly proud of everything we've achieved with 7plus and our streaming platforms in two Olympics, three in Australia and four in the Melbourne Cups. But most of all, I'm very proud of my team – they are some of the best and most talented digital professionals in Australia and it has been a pleasure to work with them, "said Dickens.

Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, said in a statement: "Clive had a huge impact on our company and was one of the key members of the team that drove our transformation. We have much to thank for him.

"Seven is now a very different company than when Clive joined. We have built a world-class digital product and technological capability with market-leading consumer products, which five million Australians use every month. "

In addition to Dickens' departure, Seven also announced a series of promotions.

Dickens' responsibilities will be taken over by the four new nominations.

Darren Kerry, currently the chief digital officer for Seven and Top Applications (OTT), has been promoted to the position of digital product and technology director.

Seven also promoted its OTT digital video sales director, James Bayes, to the director of digital networked sales.

In addition, Seven's head of programming, Brook Hall, became director of content scheduling.

Meanwhile, Will Hedberg, commercial manager of Seven, was promoted to director of digital finance.

Worner added, "Our long-established succession planning means we have an incredibly talented team of highly experienced executives, ready to take the lead and keep up the pace aggressively.

"We have a lot to look forward to, with 7plus's continued success, the launch of and next year's Tokyo Olympics, for which we are currently building the best platform and digital sports product ever seen in Australia. "


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