Thomas new VP at CCO-Chicago

NEW YORK — Stacey Thomas is the new vice president of real estate and public affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor-Chicago.

Thomas will report directly to Gene Leehan, executive vice president, Region I, Clear Channel Outdoor, and interim general manager for Clear Channel Outdoor-Chicago.

Thomas will develop Clear Channel’s Chicago area portfolio, increase brand awareness, enhance overall community relations and public affairs and oversee inventory management strategies for the company’s business in the nation’s third-largest DMA.

“Stacey’s extensive background in real estate commercial development and public affairs will be invaluable assets to our team as we strengthen and grow Clear Channel Outdoor’s presence in the Chicago market,” said Leehan. “I am confident that Stacey’s presence will be important to both our team and to the local community as she enhances our visibility through real estate-focused business development and public affairs.”

Thomas brings more than 25 years of experience as a real estate professional and licensed attorney, serving on general councils for local, national and international corporations. Thomas joins Clear Channel Outdoor’s Chicago office from S. Thomas Homes, a real estate development, investment and legal services consultancy firm she founded in 2005. Previously, she served as managing director and chief legal officer for Garrett Kelleher’s Shelbourne Development Group from 2007-2010, where she was influential in developing and constructing the Chicago Spire.

“Clear Channel Outdoor is one of the most recognized and innovative digital and traditional out-of-home media companies in the world,” said Thomas. “I am excited by the opportunity to help enhance Clear Channel Outdoor’s portfolio of real estate-based media assets as we assist both local and national companies to grow their brands and their business through one of the most valuable and effective forms of advertising — out-of-home.

“Clear Channel leverages its out-of-home media to best support the communities it serves; its commitment to public service and emergency alerts helps community groups, government agencies and residents and helps build stronger, safer and more vibrant communities.”