Bala Cynwyd, PA — Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) announced today the appointment of John Graefe as the company’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO), responsible for delivering a broad range of IT Initiatives to support the company.
Graefe, who has been the Vice President of IT will continue to lead the team of employees overseeing Entercom’s IT infrastructure, as well as its’ strategy and partnerships. He is a tech leader with a unique view of IT innovation and its’ application in driving business objectives. In this new role he will take over responsibilities for the company’s analytics and business intelligence initiatives. Graefe has been at Entercom for more than 12 years, during which time he has held increasingly responsible roles.
Graefe holds an MBA from Penn State University. He also led Entercom to being named to Information Week’s top 500 technology innovators in 2012 and 2013. He will report to Steve Fisher, Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer.
“John has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing our IT organization while continuing to position IT as a strategic asset and business driver. I am confident that, as CIO, he will continue to advance Entercom strategic platforms and strategies,” said Steve Fisher, EVP/CFO.
Graefe added, “I am excited for the opportunity to continue leading the IT team at Entercom and further advancing our initiatives in analytics and business intelligence. This will continue to enhance Entercom’s position as a leading broadcasting and marketing solutions company.”
Graefe joined Entercom in 2002 as the director of Corporate Information Technology. Prior to joining Entercom, he held IT leadership roles with Exelon, a national energy provider, and Bechtel, a global engineering and project management company.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), led by President and CEO David Field, is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of over 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City.
Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio’s most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company also is the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and San Jose Sharks.
Entercom focuses on creating effective multi-platform marketing solutions for its customers, incorporating the company’s audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.
The company’s radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism as well as the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Award for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2012 and again in 2013, Entercom was named one of the top 500 technology innovators in the United States by InformationWeek.