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Ford Ennals Steps Down at CRA

Search underway for new CEO for Australian association

Ford Ennals

After two years at the helm of Commercial Radio & Audio, Ford Ennals has resigned effective immediately.

CRA is the industry body representing 260 commercial radio stations across Australia, managing audio research, audience measurement surveys, revenue reporting, and regulatory and legislative matters.

Jo Dick, CRA chief commercial officer, will manage the CEO role whilst the board undertakes a search for a new CEO.

Ciaran Davis, chair of the CRA Board, thanked Ennals for his leadership of CRA, stating “Ford has made some great contributions during his tenure with CRA. We wish him well for his future role.”

Ford joined CRA in April 2022 after a long tenure in the United Kingdom working on the digital television switchover and then the expansion of DAB in that country.

“I’ve had the privilege to successfully guide the CRA through a key period of transition. I extend my gratitude to the CRA team and our members,” stated Ennals. “I am confident that the commercial radio and audio sector is well-positioned for future growth and success.”

During his time as CRA CEO, he led the rebranding of the association from “Commercial Radio Australia” to “Commercial Radio & Audio.” He also oversaw the launch last year of the Radio 360° audience measurement system.

[Related: Radio World’s 2022 interview with Ennals.]