Ocean CEO Tim Bleakley has announced a restructure after integrating two key businesses, Signature and MediaCo, post acquisition. The restructure marks the formation of the Ocean Group.
To strengthen operations across both the Ocean and Signature Outdoor businesses, Ocean finance director Stephen Joseph is promoted to Group chief operating officer. Stephen takes responsibility for all commercial contract negotiation, procurement and oversees finance which is now headed up by Billy Byam-Cook.
Nick Shaw, previously Ocean associate director and head of international sales, is promoted to sales director of the Ocean brand, reporting to Group sales director Iain Chapman.
Signature sales director James Harrison takes on added responsibilities as deputy managing director of Signature Outdoor, also reporting to Iain Chapman.
Gerry Bew, founding partner of Signature Outdoor in Birmingham becomes chairman of the Signature brand and businesses with a focus on operational integration in Manchester. His co founder Steve George becomes managing director of the Signature Birmingham business and oversees the management of Signature’s contract with Birmingham City Council.
Joseph Arshed, a founder of Mediaco, has joined the Ocean Group operating board and will continue to coordinate all key contracts in Manchester with a major focus on Manchester City Council.
CEO Tim Bleakley said:” Over the years we have grown and developed some top talent and recently, as part of the Signature and Mediaco acquisitions, we have taken on some hugely talented senior figures with a fantastic entrepreneurial spirit.
“Group Development Director Mark Bracey will continue to run Ocean brand UK and International development including the launch of the International Alliance”
“At the core of the Ocean Group business is our desire to always find ‘another way’ for all our stakeholders, landlords, OOH specialists, agencies and clients. These changes ensure the breadth and depth of our experience and expertise is made available to our partners to help them grow.”