Robert W. Pittman became the CEO of Clear Channel Media Holdings, Inc. on October 2, 2011. In his role as chief executive, Pittman serves on the Board of Directors of CC Media Holdings, Inc. and Clear Channel Communications, Inc.; in addition, he is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.
Robert W. Pittman, a founding member of Pilot Group, LLC, a New York private investment firm, is a media innovator who has made a significant impact in a number of industries and companies. He was co-founder of the MTV network, helped bring America Online into the mainstream consumer market, and turned around stagnant brands likes Six Flags Theme Parks and Century 21 Real Estate.
He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate, and Time Warner Enterprises. He was also COO of America Online, Inc. and AOL Time Warner. Pittman began his career at age 15 as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi and programmed his first radio station in Pittsburgh, which became the number one rock FM station in its market. He had similar successes as the programmer of the NBC-owned AM and FM stations in Chicago and, later, at WNBC in New York, NBC Radio’s flagship station. He is the former chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation and the Public Theater of New York, and still serves on those boards in addition to New York City Ballet, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Alliance for Lupus Research. Among many honors, Pittman has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and received the International Radio and Television Society’s Gold Medal and a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award. He was recognized in Life’s “Five Original Thinkers of the ’80s”, Advertising Age’s “50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV” and “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture.”