Seven West rejigs digital team as Dickens goes to Optus

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Olympic broadcaster Seven West Media has rejigged its digital management team following the departure of chief digital officer Clive Dickens.

The responsibilities of Dickens (pictured) - who is leaving for Optus, where he becomes vice-president, television, content and product development - are covered by new roles for four digital directors.

Digital technology and OTT director Darren Kerry becomes digital product and technology director; OTT video digital sales director James Bayes becomes digital network sales director; and Brook Hall, currently Seven Network's head of scheduling becomes content scheduling director.

Current digital commercial manager Will Hedberg becomes digital head of finance.

Chief executive Tim Worner says Seven West has built a world-class digital product and technology capability - "very different from when Clive joined" -with market-leading products used by five million Australians monthly.

Its in and news sites are two of the fastest-growing in Australia, and digital revenues and EBIT are "growing rapidly".

He says Pacific "has for some time" been the country's leading and fastest growing female lifestyle digital publisher, while 7plus reached the number one share of commercial free-to-air OTT viewing nine months after launch.

"To get to this point we've invested a lot of time and money in recruiting and building our digital capabilities, right across the company. Our long-established succession planning means we have an incredibly talented team of highly experienced executives ready to seamlessly take the lead and aggressively keep up the pace."

He says Seven West has "a lot to look forward to" with the ongoing success of 7plus, the launch of and next year's Tokyo Olympics, for which he says "the best digital sporting product and platform ever seen in Australia" is currently being built.

He paid tribute to the "huge impact" Dickens had as one of the key members of the team driving transformation. "We have a lot to thank him for," he added.

For Clive Dickens, the four years at SWM has all been a blast - "Rewarding, challenging, exhilarating, and mostly a lot of fun," he said. "I'm particularly proud of all that we have achieved with 7plus, and our streaming platforms across two Olympics, three Australian Opens and four Melbourne Cups.

"But most of all I'm so proud of my team -they are some of the very best and most talented digital professionals in Australia and it's been a pleasure working alongside them."

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