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Ocean Outdoor announces Group CEO succession

By Rajiv Raghunath - June 03, 2024

Current COO and CFO Stephen Joseph appointed Chief Executive Officer; Tim Bleakley to become Chairman upon transition in January 2025

(L) Stephen Joseph & (R) Tim Bleakley

Ocean Outdoor, the digital out of home (DOOH) advertising company, has announced that Stephen Joseph, Ocean’s COO and CFO, has been appointed the Group Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 January 2025. Stephen will succeed Tim Bleakley who will become Chairman of Ocean’s Board of Directors upon the transition as part of a long-planned CEO succession process.

Stephen joined Ocean in 2009 and has helped guide the company’s development into the dynamic DOOH leader that it is today.

Tim, incoming Chairman, said: “It has been a privilege to lead the Ocean team over the last 14 years, and I am incredibly proud of the tremendous progress that Stephen, the team and I have achieved together, including becoming a world recognised brand with best-in-class technology and premium locations in key markets.

“As we enter the next stage of our journey, now is the right time for a transition of leadership. Stephen is a proven leader with deep expertise in the outdoor advertising business, and he is the right person to lead Ocean in the company’s next phase of growth. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Stephen and the Board to ensure a seamless transition and execute on our ambitious plans.”

Stephen added: “I am honoured to assume the Group CEO role of Ocean, a company that has been synonymous with innovation and challenging the status quo, creating iconic and award-winning moments and campaigns in iconic locations through the art of outdoor. 

“Under Tim’s leadership, Ocean has grown and pushed boundaries across the media landscape. As we move into an exciting new chapter for Ocean, we will continue to evolve by drawing on the same ethos, creativity and culture that’s driven our success for so many years. I want to thank Tim for his outstanding leadership and friendship, and I look forward to continuing to work together in our new roles starting next year.”

Melissa Bethell, current Board Chair of Ocean, added: “On behalf of Atairos, Ocean’s majority owner, and the full Ocean Board, I would like to thank Tim for his leadership and many contributions to Ocean over his tenure. Tim oversaw Ocean’s transformation from a start-up of nine people into a creative force and DOOH leader across seven European countries, including most recently expanding into Germany, one of Europe’s largest media markets. 

Melissa concluded: “Tim has worked closely with the full Board to develop a thoughtful and robust succession plan, for which we are immensely grateful. Under Stephen’s leadership and with Tim’s continuing guidance as Board Chairman, we are confident that Ocean’s best days lie ahead.”


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