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30/01/2020 - News

Talon Appoints Jim Wilson as US Chief Executive Officer

Agency Deepens Commitment to Deliver its “Smarter as Standard” Philosophy and Out of Home Services to a Burgeoning U.S. Market

NEW YORK, January 29, 2020 - Talon, the leading independent Out of Home (OOH) media and technology agency, today announced that Jim Wilson has been appointed as its U.S. Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Wilson will join Talon from TEGNA’s Premion, the first-in-market over-the-top (OTT) advertising and technology platform, that he has led since its inception and accelerated to become a market leader.

Wilson brings more than 20 years of experience in executive management and a track record of success in launching, scaling and transforming businesses in the media, content and technology sectors. He will be based in Talon’s New York office, charged with propelling the company’s U.S. growth and overseeing the entirety of its U.S. business, working closely with Group CEO, Barry Cupples who is based in London.

"We are excited to bring Jim on board to lead Talon’s U.S. business into the next era of growth as we continue to deploy our “Smarter as Standard” philosophy across the U.S. OOH market,” said Barry Cupples, Group CEO at Talon. Jim’s success in scaling market leading businesses in advertising and technology coupled with his Out of Home experience gives him the unique ability to build and champion innovative new business models to further advance Talon’s business across the U.S.” 

Wilson’s arrival comes as Talon continues to grow and deepen its footprint in the U.S. through its OOH AdTech solutions, organic revenue growth and recent acquisitions of Grand Design, QDOT and Grand Visual. The agency now has offices in New York, San Diego, Denver and Atlanta.

“Our hard work over the past two years has put Talon in a strong position to fuel U.S. market expansion as our business has evolved to become more digital, agile and globally ready to meet the challenges of a fast-moving OOH sector,” added Cupples.

Prior to Premion, Wilson was COO of TouchTunes, an Out of Home media and digital music company. There, he grew and transformed the business, which led to its successful sale in 2015.  Previously, he served as Global CEO of Paris-based Atari (formerly Infogrames), where he spearheaded the company’s successful turnaround that led to its sale in 2013. Before Atari, Wilson held leadership roles at both Sony and Universal.

"The OOH sector is undergoing unprecedented digital and technology-led change and the U.S. market is primed for significant growth,” said Wilson. “Talon is pushing the boundaries in bringing the best of experiential and digital OOH capabilities for advertisers to reach more audiences with improved performance through captivating visual and physical engagement. I look forward to working with the talented Talon team to bolster its U.S. presence, drive new innovations and take the company to its next growth phase.”