Seven's Chief Digital Officer, Clive Dickens departs for new role at Optus

Clive Dickens

Highly regarded Chief Digital Officer at the Seven Network, Clive Dickens has announced his departure from the organisation to take up a new role at Optus.

Dickens has been at Seven for the last four years where he played a key role in developing the networks 7Plus platform and BVOD strategy.

Dickens joins Optus in the role of Vice President, Television, Content and Product Development. The new role will see him responsible for product development, lifting Optus’ digital capability and importantly leveraging Optus’ important content assets including Optus Sport.

Optus Sports holds the rights to a number of International football competitions, but also generated significant negative press after customers experienced buffering issues during last years World Cup tournament.

Dickens will be replaced at Seven by Darren Kerry, who is networks current digital director of technology and OTT.

Dickens is a highly sought-after figure in the Australian digital media space and has a reputation for implementing impressive digital products and capabilities, as well as training up people in his team, so that he can move on to fresh projects.

Dickens currently sits on multiple boards including Yahoo7, HealthEngine, Oxis Media, Freeview Australia, Airtasker and the IAB.

On his departure from Seven, Dickens stated it had been a rewarding and challenging experience:

“I’m particularly proud of all that we have achieved with 7plus, and our streaming platforms across two Olympics, three Australian Opens and four Melbourne Cups. But most of all I’m so proud of my team – they are some of the very best and most talented digital professionals in Australia and it’s been a pleasure working alongside them,” Mr Dickens said.

Seven West Media (SWM) CEO Tim Worner commented:

“Clive has had a huge impact on our company and been one of the key members of the team driving our transformation. We have a lot to thank him for.

“Seven is now a very different company from when Clive joined. We have built a world-class digital product and technology capability with market-leading consumer products, which five million Australians use each month. Digital revenues and EBIT are growing rapidly across the group.

“SWM WA owns and operates two of the fastest growing digital news brands in Australia in Pacific has for some time been Australia’s leading and fastest growing female lifestyle digital publisher, and 7plus reached the number one share of commercial free-to-air OTT viewing nine months after launch.

“To get to this point we’ve invested a lot of time and money in recruiting and building our digital capabilities, right across the company. Our long-established succession planning means we have an incredibly talented team of highly experienced executives ready to seamlessly take the lead and aggressively keep up the pace.

“We have a lot to look forward to, with the ongoing success of 7plus, the launch of and next year’s Tokyo Olympics for which we are currently building the best digital sporting product and platform ever seen in Australia,”

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