Chief Executive Officer, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas
Mr. Wells has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings. Inc. (CCOH) since January 2022. Previously, Mr. Wells served as Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA), where he oversaw key aspects of the company’s U.S. operations since March 2015. Mr. Wells continues to lead the Company to execute its strategic initiatives and deliver strong results, with an increased focus on investor relations and technology transformation. This includes growing the Company’s digital footprint, delivering division strategies for screen conversions and development, driving programmatic growth and evolving the Clear Channel Outdoor RADAR toolkit, the out-of-home industry’s first-to-market suite of solutions. He also spends time on improving monetization of the Company’s business segments, ensuring the right talent is leading those segments, hosting the Company’s inaugural Investor Day and improving employee engagement. Mr. Wells’ goals in these efforts are serving advertisers in new and innovative ways to drive growth, improving the Company’s capital structure to create value and optimizing its portfolio to grow cash flow and enable investment in the most attractive opportunities.
Previously, Mr. Wells served as an Operating Partner at Bain Capital LP, a leading private investment firm, from January 2011 to March 2015, and Executive Vice President from August 2007 to January 2011. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Wells held several executive positions at Dell Inc., including most recently as Vice President of Public Marketing and On-Line in the Americas, from February 2005 to August 2007. Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Wells was a Partner at Bain & Co. from July 2000 to December 2003 and served in other roles there since 1993 where he focused on technology and consumer-oriented companies. He currently serves as Chairman of Achievement Network, an education-related non-profit, and Chair of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, a national trade association representing out-of-home advertising companies, since March 2023. He is active in a number of community groups and has served on the boards of the American Advertising Federation and the Ad Council. Mr. Wells holds a B.S./B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School of Business.