The person who oversees digital programming initiatives, product marketing, UXD and product strategies for iHeartRadio is sticking around for four more years.
Chris Williams has signed a contract extension to continue his “integral role” as Chief Product Officer at the nation’s No. 1 owner of radio stations. He’ll remain based in New York City and continue to report to Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio & iHeartMedia Networks Group.
Williams has been a “driving force” for iHeartRadio since November 2013, iHeart says, when he joined the company that just exited debtor-in-possession status as SVP of iHeartRadio Programming. He was named Chief Product Officer in December 2014.
In this role, Williams has expanded the iHeartRadio footprint to more 280 platforms and some 2,000 devices. He also led the product initiative to launch two on-demand services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access; he also helped launch an integrated podcast platform.
Williams has been associated with iHeart for more than 14 years and was VP/Programming for the company’s Cincinnati radio stations before taking on corporate-level duties.
He entered the company when it was still known as Clear Channel in May 2005, as PD for former Alternative “105.3 The Buzz.” Before that, he was PD of then-Susquehanna owned WNNX “99X” in Atlanta.