From flogging Trooper records as director of sales at the old MCA Records to becoming president of entertainment production and broadcasting for Bell Media, the career of Randy Lennox in Canada’s entertainment industry has indeed been a meteoric one.
Bell Media has announced the appointment of Randy Lennox as the new President of Bell Media following the departure of Mary Ann Turcke who has joined the National Football League in an executive role in LA.
“Randy Lennox is a seasoned entertainment executive renowned for his commitment to the growth and success of Canada’s media community,” BCE Inc and Bell Canada President and CEO George Cope said in making the announcement.
“I am delighted that Randy will be taking the country’s #1 multimedia company forward as the new President of Bell Media.”
Lennox is President of Bell Media effective immediately and is charged with leading all strategy and operations for Canada’s largest media company, including conventional, pay and specialty TV, radio, digital media, out-of-home advertising and special projects.
He reports to Wade Oosterman, Group President of Bell and BCE, who oversees Bell Media, Bell Mobility, and Bell Residential and Small Business, and also serves as Bell’s Chief Brand Officer.
Lennox was promoted from his position as Bell Media’s President, Content and Broadcasting, responsible for the CTV Networks; all local radio and TV assets; English-language specialty channels, including Bravo, Comedy, E!, Gusto, Much and Space; all of Bell Media’s in-house and independent English-language content productions; and iHeartRadio Canada, the international brand he brought to Bell Media in 2016.
Previously, he was the highly-decorated President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, where he helped build a global roster that includes Justin Bieber, Drake, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Diana Krall and Nelly Furtado, along with an enviable marquee list of homegrown stars that includes Hedley, The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts, The (Canadian) Tenors, and Keisza. He has been honoured as a member of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame and sits on the board of directors for Music Canada, CARAS and Canada’s Walk of Fame; the board of governors for Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall; and the culture advisory board of Ontario.
Turcke has accepted a position with the National Football League as President, Digital Media and NFL Network, based in LA. Part of the Bell team for the last 12 years, she was promoted to President of Bell Media in April 2015 from her previous role as Bell Media’s President, Media Sales, Local TV and Radio.
Joining Bell Canada in 2005 as Vice President, Customer Experience and Operations for Small and Medium Business, Turcke was promoted to EVP of Field Operations in 2008, leading Bell’s team of installation and service technicians in delivering Fibe TV, Internet and other Bell residential and business services. She is a member of the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame and was named 2015 Woman of the Year by Women in Communications and Technology.