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WHAT? Former Marketing Manager for Clear Channel, Rob Williams, Exits Internet Radio Startup GOOM after Several Months!

Radio CEO is leaving the heavily-funded internet radio startup, paidContent has learned. Williams, who was previously the president and market manager for Clear Channel (NYSE: CCMO) Radio’s New York City stations, had joined Goom as CEO just last January, according to his LinkedIn profile; a spokeswoman says Williams is now “working with French founders, Emmanuel Jayr and Robert Ciurleo, on a transition.”

The departure is surprising not only because Williams is leaving so soon but also because the company had raised $16 million in a first round of funding a few months ago, which it said it would use in part to launch its service in the U.S. A French version of Goom—which features a mix of music, along with shows and interviews—launched last fall.

In a statement, Williams says, “As Goom Radio moves into its beta stage, our stations already reach 1 million listeners and advertiser response has been great; however, for my own reasons, I have decided that this is a good time to explore new opportunities. I have been working closely with our founders to assure a smooth transition for our employees and partners and I wish the Goom team continued success.”

Goom is ad-supported and announced last week in a release that mentioned WIlliams that internet radio advertising network TargetSpot would now be its “exclusive advertising channel.”

via Industry Moves: Goom Radio CEO Williams Resigns | paidContent.

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