iHeartMedia today announced that Michael Biondo has been elevated to President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, effective immediately. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Operations of the iHeartMedia Networks Group and has been with iHeartMedia for almost 12 years.
As President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Biondo will oversee the evolution of iHeartMedia’s partnerships and deals with key companies across iHeartMedia’s field of view – from tech startups to established automotive companies, from the entertainment industry to international distribution. He reports to Conal Byrne, CEO of the iHeartMedia Digital Group.
“Mike has had a long, varied career at iHeartMedia, and has gained experience and wisdom across a diverse set of priorities, vendors and partners,” said Byrne. “With Mike in this new role, our company will be even better prepared to approach the market in a thoughtful, streamlined, strategic manner every day, and in every conversation.”
Biondo has 25 years of experience building operational and development teams throughout his career. At iHeartMedia, Biondo has been instrumental in building international partnerships, leading expansions in Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and France. He also brokered iHeartMedia’s early podcast deals, including the first BetCast with the English Premiere League and a partnership with the NBA, to name a few.
Biondo’s previous stints include ESPN, AT&T and, most notably, Thumbplay, where he served as VP of Customer Operations when the company was acquired by iHeartMedia in 2011. Biondo has gone on to run a number of varied divisions at iHeartRadio and most recently served as EVP, Strategic Business Operations within iHeart’s Venture and Corp Dev team.
“I am thrilled about this next chapter of my iHeart story and I’m looking forward to bringing new exciting opportunities to life here at iHeart,” said