Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (NYSE: CCO), announced this week that it has hired veteran media leader, Chris Pezzello, to oversee and direct all its Chicago market operations including sales, marketing, real estate, public affairs, operations and finance.
He is a sales veteran with over 26 years’ experience in revenue growth and profitability, strategic planning, designing high performance sales teams, using data insights for improved performance and building long-term client, landlord and municipal relationships. Notably, he will spearhead Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’s strategic business development, including its competition for municipal contracts: an area where he has proven expertise and ability to grow revenue.
A proud Chicagoan since 2007, Chris boasts an extensive career in the OOH industry and the Chicago market, among others. Formerly, as vice president and general manager for Intersection (then Titan), Chris led media sales teams in major markets nationwide, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. This included leading his teams’ efforts in managing assets and acquiring the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) contracts. Additionally, during his time in OUTFRONT’s Midwest Division, he led sales and revenue to double digit growth.
He has also been involved with the Chicago Innovation Awards, MAG Mile Association, Loop Alliance, City Club of Chicago, Chicago Ideas Week and served on the executive committee board for the Chicago Sports Commission when Chicago hosted the NFL Draft and Americas Cup.
He holds a B.S. degree from New England College. He and his wife, Van, and their son, Max, live in downtown Chicago and are actively engaged in the business community.