S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of executive and board changes in the European technology, media and communications industries.
* PAO Sberbank of Russia and internet company Mail.ru Group Ltd. completed the formation of their food delivery and mobility joint venture, according to a Dec. 19 filing with the London Stock Exchange. The companies agreed that the joint venture's board chairman post will rotate annually, with Mail.ru CEO Boris Dobrodeev the first to hold the post.
* Tele2 AB's unit Tele2 Hrvatska appointed Nenad Slibar chief technology officer, Telecompaper reported Dec. 19. Slibar previously was director of the network and information technology sector at the Croatian telecom operator.
MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES
* Sports-betting company DraftKings Inc. plans to go public and merge with two other companies, namely special purpose acquisition company Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. and sports-betting and gaming company SBTech Ltd. The new entity will be led by DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins.
* Finland-based digital advertising company Smartly.io Inc. secured a majority investment of €200 million from funds advised by Providence Equity Partners LLC. Laura Desmond, operating partner at Providence, was appointed chairperson of Smartly's board of directors.
COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY MOVES
* Alexis Bidinot resigned as deputy CEO of French operator Iliad SA "for personal reasons," according to a Dec. 19 news release.
* The Romanian government replaced three of its four representatives on Telekom Romania Communications SA's board amid talks with Deutsche Telekom AG over the telco's sale, Telecompaper reported Dec. 19, citing sources mentioned by Ziarul Financiar. The new representatives are Bogdan Voicu, Cosmin Mihaltan and Iulian Popa.
* Hi3G Access AB, or Three Sweden, named Matylda Lovenvall and Jonas Knape as permanent chief commercial officer and chief digital officer, respectively, Telecompaper reported Dec. 18, citing a company statement. Lovenvall and Knape, who will become part of the Swedish operator's management team, have been holding their roles on an interim basis since the autumn.
* Karol Okonski resigned as state secretary at Poland's Ministry of Digitalisation, Telecompaper reported Dec. 17. Okonski also stepped down from the State Cybersecurity Board.
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