Wanted: Replacement for Brendon Cook

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AUCKLAND, Wednesday: oOh!media ANZ ceo/MD Brendon Cook is leaving the company he founded 30 years ago – and the outdoor giant has begun a search for a new boss.

Sydney-based Cook founded Outdoor Network Australia in 1989 and has run it since, guiding the company through two ASX listings, private equity ownership and multiple acquisitions. He took an active role in the NZ arm of the business, and was a familiar sight on this side of the Tasman.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with such a great team of people over the past 30 years,” Cook said in a statement to the stock exchange.

“Cook will stay on as chief executive until a candidate steps up.”

“To have witnessed the company grow to the size and scale it is today is immensely satisfying and I am delighted I will continue to be part of the oOh! story to ensure it is well set up for the next stage of growth.

“With our integration now largely complete and a strong team in place, I believe now is the right time to make the transition.”

The board, led by Sydney-based chairman Tony Faure, has begun a search for Cook’s replacement. He will stay on as chief executive until a candidate steps up. Cook will then take on a non-executive consulting role to provide advice for the new boss.

“Brandon has successfully led oOh!’s diversification strategy to build a data-centric, scalable multiformat business across billboards, retail, office buildings, street furniture, rail, universities, cafes and airports which leads the Australian and New Zealand markets,” Faure said.

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