RadioCentre appoints Thompson as non-exec chairman

RadioCentre, the industry body for commercial radio, has appointed Camelot chief executive Dianne Thompson as non-executive chairman. She takes over from industry veteran Paul Brown, who is stepping down at the end of December.

Brown, who was previously chief executive of the Commercial Radio Companies Association, has been involved in the industry for 30 years. He took over the role of chairman of RadioCentre when CRCA merged with the Radio Advertising Bureau in 2006 (MW February 23. 2006). Thompson will take over the role on February 1.

Brown says: “In the last year, we have seen a wealth of changes in our industry with new owners and new personalities; now feels like the right time for a new chairman.”

Thompson, who has been with the lottery operator since 1997, oversaw Camelot’s bid to win a second licence last year. A former marketer, she has over seen the company’s growth strategy and is credited with increase sales and returns to good causes. In September last year, she hosted her own radio show on London speech station, LBC 97.3. She interviewed lottery winners and people that have benefited from the good cause grants.

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