Bill Koenigsberg, founder, president, and CEO of Horizon Media, will join Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittmann as co-chair of Forecast 2013. The annual radio financial summit will be held in New York City at the Harvard Club on November 28, 2012, one week after Thanksgiving.
In making the announcement, Radio Ink Publisher/Chairman Eric Rhoads said, "We are honored to have Bill as our first advertiser chair for Forecast. Our goal is to help radio understand how to secure more radio, and Bill is helping direct content so we can find answers to the questions radio needs to resolve."
Under Koenigsberg's leadership, Horizon Media, with billing of $3.8 billion and 750 employees, is the largest and fastest-growing independent media agency in the world. Its clientele includes such name brands as Geico, Capital One, United Airlines, A&E Networks, Kraft Foods, and Weight Watchers.
Highly respected for his authoritative insights into marketing and media trends, Koenigsberg is often asked to sit on panels at industry conferences. He was named Ad Age Executive of the Year in 2011 and is the only person to have received the prestigious Advertising Age Media Maven Award twice. The annual Mediaweek 50 report has three times named him one of the industry's top 50 most influential executives in the business. In addition, he was honored as one of the 21 most intriguing people in the media industry by Min Online in 2009.
Koenigsberg said, "I am honored to co-chair Radio Ink's Forecast 2013 with Bob Pittman. There are opportunities today that have never existed before to leverage the power of radio on behalf of marketers. Those who are prepared will move ahead, and those who aren't will lose out on enormous business opportunity. Being at the center of this conversation with Forecast provides me a big seat at the table to offer contributions to further the radio industry."
Radio Ink EVP/Radio Deborah Parenti added, "For 10 years, Forecast has focused on the future of the radio industry in terms of revenues and valuations. The addition of Bill Koenigsberg as co-chair expands this year's vision beyond traditional, organic growth expectations to radio's place in the broader media landscape and what it needs to do to take a bigger piece of the total pie."