CEO Steps Down at Britain’s GWR

19 June 2003

British radio group GWR is parting with its chief executive as it reorganises senior staff.

Patrick Taylor is stepping down from the ceo position and will become a non-executive chairman of Livetime, a GWR unit specialising in sending digital radio to mobile phones.

Taylor will not be replaced. His duties will pass to Steve Orchard, managing director of local radio, and Roger Lewis, his counterpart at national station Classic FM. Both will answer to executive chairman Ralph Bernard.

The move follows the sale of GWR’s foreign radio businesses so that the group can focus on its British assets. As a result, it feels it no longer needs six executive directors. New media and digital director Simon Ward will quit the board alongside Taylor on July 31.

Data sourced from: BrandRepublic (UK); additional content by WARC staff