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Ocean Outdoor Announces New CEO and Leadership Transition

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Ocean Outdoor, a leading digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising company, has announced a key leadership change. Stephen Joseph, the current Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will become the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective January 1, 2025. Tim Bleakley, the current CEO, will transition to the role of Chairman of Ocean’s Board of Directors.

Stephen Joseph, who has been with Ocean Outdoor since 2009, will succeed Tim Bleakley as CEO. Under Joseph’s leadership, the company aims to continue its trajectory of innovation and growth within the DOOH advertising sector.

Tim Bleakley, who has served as CEO for 14 years, will move into the role of Chairman. Bleakley has been instrumental in transforming Ocean Outdoor into a globally recognized brand known for its technology and premium advertising locations.

Reflecting on his tenure, Tim Bleakley said, “Leading the Ocean team over the last 14 years has been a privilege. I am incredibly proud of our achievements, including becoming a world-recognized brand. Now is the right time for a transition. Stephen is a proven leader with deep expertise in outdoor advertising, and he is the right person to lead Ocean into its next phase of growth.”

Stephen Joseph expressed his excitement about his new role, stating, “I am honored to assume the Group CEO role at Ocean, a company known for innovation and challenging the status quo. Under Tim’s leadership, Ocean has grown significantly. We will continue to evolve, drawing on the creativity and culture that have driven our success.”

Melissa Bethell, the current Board Chair of Ocean, added, “On behalf of Atairos, Ocean’s majority owner, and the full Ocean Board, I thank Tim for his leadership and contributions. He oversaw Ocean’s transformation into a creative force and DOOH leader across seven European countries, including recent expansion into Germany.”


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