Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer at iHeartRadio since December 2014, is expanding his role at iHeartMedia. In addition to overseeing its streaming audio platform, Williams will now guide and coordinate operations across the company’s digital product, engineering, editorial and social teams, as General Manager & Chief Product Officer for iHeartRadio.
Williams will report to Conal Byrne, CEO of the company’s Digital Audio Group. He has been reporting to Darren Davis, Chief Operating Officer of the Digital Audio Group. Davis announced in July his plans to step down from his role effective Jan. 1, 2022. The expansion of Williams’ duties appears to be part of a restructuring ahead of that.
“Chris has risen through the ranks, starting at the local level in our company’s core radio business as a programmer and air talent, and over the past decade he’s flourished in our digital organization, helping to build iHeartRadio into the multiplatform leader that it is today,” Byrne said in a note to employees. “Please join me in congratulating Chris on his new responsibilities.”
Williams has been a key player at iHeartRadio since November 2013, when he became the streaming platform’s first dedicated programming manager as Senior VP of iHeartRadio Programming, crossing over from the company’s Cincinnati radio cluster. He was named Chief Product Officer in December 2014.