Esther Carlsen Named Nine’s Commercial Director – Digital Audio

Esther Carlsen Named Nine’s Commercial Director – Digital Audio

One of Australia’s most experienced Ad tech and digital executives, Esther Carlsen, has been appointed as Nine’s commercial director – digital audio, with a focus on the growth of Nine’s digital audio streaming business.

Reporting to Ashley Earnshaw, director of sales – total audio, Carlsen will be responsible for Nine’s digital audio strategy, building the digital capability of Nine’s Total audio team and leading the digital audio conversation with major agencies and clients.

She will work alongside Ben Campbell (director – advertising and data products) and Jordan King (director – programmatic and digital sales) to ensure that Nine has the most advanced streaming, digital and data products and the most advanced programmatic audio offering in the market, with her role a critical part of Nine’s Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE).

Her role will see her take leadership on strategic initiatives such as the evolution of measurement and Total audio trading.

Having worked in the digital markets for over two decades – including 10 years in programmatic – Carlsen has held numerous senior leadership positions with publishers, in data, global agency groups and independent agency businesses. She was most recently general manager of Bench Media, a leading, independent programmatic marketing provider in Australia.

“I couldn’t be happier to welcome Esther home to Nine,” said Michael Stephenson, Nine’s chief sales officer. “As consumers increasingly consume our live and local content via connected devices and our 1st party data asset continues to grow, the opportunities for brands are going to be massive. Esther has an open brief to define the future of Total audio.”

Beginning her career in ad sales at ninemsn, Carlsen has held roles including as managing director of Acxiom and LiveRamp, and was managing director of global programmatic media and technology platform Xaxis.

Her appointment comes a day after Nine announced Nick Young will join as commercial director – digital, working alongside Richard Hunwick (director of sales – total television), Jo Clasby (director of sales – total publishing) and Ashley Earnshaw (director of sales – total audio).

“Given the strength of Nine’s radio assets and their digital footprint, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the team at this time,” said Carlsen. “With digital transformation well and truly underway for the radio industry, the growth opportunities for the business as we start to harness the power of programmatic are endless. I’m looking forward to joining Nine’s impressive team and can’t wait to get started.”

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