ARN, previously known as the Australian Radio Network, has promoted Derek Bargwanna and announced the appointment of Fayad Tohme.
Bargwanna takes on the newly created role of head of the Kiis Network, effective from July 1. This is an expansion of his current role of head of content for Kiis Sydney and Melbourne, giving him increased responsibility for Mix 102.3 in Adelaide and Kiis 97.3 in Brisbane.
Tohme, meanwhile, was most recently a group executive and chief digital officer at Nova Entertainment. He joins ARN as chief digital and technology officer.
ARN said Tohme’s role is part of an ambitious roadmap and future strategy designed to solidify the company’s position as the best audio business in the country. He will be responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of digital, data, technology and product innovation.
ARN CEO, Ciaran Davis, said: “We’re building the best broadcast radio and digital audio business in the country and are really excited about the roadmap we are developing. Fayad brings with him a wealth of knowledge and skills, and his appointment is a key part of ARN’s future to drive growth across existing and new digital platforms.”
Tohme said he is thrilled to be part of a dynamic and inspiring business.
“ARN’s rich heritage in audio, creative and sale capabilities make me excited about the opportunity ahead. I’m looking forward to working with the team to help ARN achieve its next phase of growth and build Australia’s most innovative, digitally led audio business.”
Tohme will report to Davis, while Bargwanna will report to chief content officer, Duncan Campbell.
Campbell said Bargwanna’s track record speaks for itself.
“He is, without doubt, one of the best content directors in the country, and Kiis 1065 is one of the best contemporary hit radio stations in the world,” Campbell said.
“This newly created role is part of ARN’s continued focus on making sure we have the right people and processes in place to ensure the ongoing success of the network nationally.”
Bargwanna joined ARN in 2014 as it transformed Mix 106.5 into Kiis and brought “The Kyle and Jackie O Show” over from 2Day FM.
He said he’s looking forward to further solidifying and growing the network.
“ARN’s Metro Radio Network is such a powerhouse, thanks to the on-air and off-air teams around the country, and I look forward to taking on greater responsibility across the KIIS Network to continue to build on the success we’re currently enjoying,” he said.