iHeartMedia announced today that Joey Zanetis has been named Executive Vice President, Sales, Markets Automotive, effective immediately.
As EVP of Markets Automotive, Zanetis will be responsible for representing iHeartMedia in the industry; developing, leading and owning the iHeartMedia revenue performance for the Markets Automotive Category; and unifying iHeart’s approach to Markets Automotive across the space.
He will oversee an automotive advertising business that consults with thousands of Tier 2 and Tier 3 automotive clients across the iHeartMedia enterprise. He will report to John Karpinski, Executive Vice President Sales and Operations, iHeartMedia Verticals.
“There is no success without a successor, so I’m really excited for Joey to take the reins of the iHeart Automotive Markets Division,” said John Karpinski.
“Throughout the years, Joey has not only shown himself to be an amazing leader by driving measurable success for clients and iHeart but has also proven to be great at ‘coaching up’ his team. I’m excited for Joey to build on the success he’s had on the West Coast with our entire Automotive organization.”
Zanetis has spent his entire 17-year career with iHeartMedia, impressing his colleagues and partners as he rose through the ranks.
He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Automotive Business Development and Partnerships after first joining the Automotive team as a Vice President, later becoming Division Vice President for the West before elevating to SVP and now EVP. He began his career as an Integrated Media Executive in the iHeartMedia Phoenix market, where he still lives with his wife and child.
“The last seven-plus years working on the team to build the iHeartMedia Automotive Divisions has been the highlight of my career,” said Zanetis.
“We’ve worked with thousands of automotive partners; built a product suite that constantly evolves to stay ahead of industry trends and meet dealer needs; and most importantly, have grown to an unmatched team of leaders that is dedicated to excellence every day.
Everything that we’ve accomplished to this point has set the stage for an even bigger and brighter future. I couldn’t be more excited to lead this group as we charge into the next chapter of iHeartMedia Automotive!”