SAN ANTONIO—Clear Channel Communications, at the center of controversy over its attempts to organize rallies supporting the recent invasion of Iraq, has named Lisa Dollinger has been named senior vice president for worldwide corporate communications. Dollinger was previously senior vice president for marketing and communications at the company’s radio division.
In her new role, Dollinger will lead corporate communications programs across all Clear Channel divisions. As a member of the executive management team, she will work with each of the company’s divisional leaders, as well as with the company’s corporate officers and will also serve as chief spokesperson for Clear Channel.
“In her brief time with the company, Lisa has demonstrated a deep understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and complete comfort with the nuances of the radio industry,” said Clear Channel president and COO Mark Mays, “It is clear that all Clear Channel divisions will be well served with Lisa in this newly created position. Lisa will work with our communications team to ensure the company effectively communicates its mission, values and successes to all of our audiences.”
Critics accused Clear Channel of blacklisting artists who spoke out against the president’s policy on Iraq, and suggested its support of the administration’s position was a quid pro quo in exchange for favorable treatment as the administration prepared to review rules concerning the consolidation of media holdings.
Prior to joining Clear Channel in January, Dollinger was a marketing and public relations strategist based in Austin, Texas. She was vice president for corporate communications at Capstar Broadcasting Corporation, where she was instrumental in building and promoting the company through its merger with Chancellor Media Corporation in 2000, creating AMFM, which subsequently merged with Clear Channel to create the world’s largest radio company.