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Fox Entertainment appoints new COO; Graham Media Group names new tech chief

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a rundown of executive changes in the U.S. technology, media and telecommunications industries.

* Graham Media Group appointed Anthony Plosz vice president and chief technology officer. Plosz previously was vice president of engineering and operations for WCAU/WWSI, the NBCUniversal Media LLC-owned duopoly in Philadelphia. Graham Media Group is a unit of Graham Holdings Co.

* Former Sony Pictures Television Inc. executive Amy Carney has joined Fox Entertainment Group Inc. as COO, Variety reported Aug. 7, citing a company statement. In this role, Carney will oversee research, strategy and operations at the Fox Corp. division. Carney most recently was head of ad sales, strategy and research at the Sony Corp. unit.

* Mir Aamir stepped down as CEO and president of Quotient Technology Inc. Aamir will provide transition and strategic consulting services to the company on an as-needed basis through Dec. 31, 2020. Quotient named Steven Boal, who founded the company in 1998, as its CEO and chairman of the board. Additionally, Scott Raskin was appointed president of the company. Raskin was most recently operating partner at venture capital firm Khosla Ventures.

* Entravision Communications Corp. realigned its local sales organization as part of the company's efforts to better reflect its omnichannel marketing platform. As part of the initiative, the company appointed Eddie Melendez president of local media sales. Melendez previously was executive vice president of the West region for the company. The company named Juan Navarro regional vice president of local media sales. In this role, Navarro will oversee sales for the company's second-tier markets. Entravision also appointed Chris Jordan senior vice president of sales in Las Vegas, while Laura Hernandez was promoted to senior vice president of sales for Midland-Odessa.

* Salesforce.com inc. named Jayne-Anne Gadhia CEO of its U.K. and Ireland operations, effective Oct. 1. Gadhia was the CEO of Virgin Money from 2007 to 2018. She is the founder of a startup called Snoop.

* New Media Investment Group Inc. agreed to purchase USA Today owner Gannett Co. Inc. in a cash-and-stock transaction. The combined company will be led by New Media CEO Michael Reed. Paul Bascobert, who has been appointed president, CEO and a director of Gannett, will become CEO of the combined company's operating subsidiary. Bascobert was most recently president of XO Group Inc. Gannett CFO Alison Engel is expected to become CFO of the combined organization upon closing.

* Larry Delia will join TEGNA Inc. as senior vice president of media operations effective upon the closing of TEGNA's acquisition of certain media properties from Dispatch Broadcast Group. In this role, Delia, who is president at Dispatch Broadcast Group, will oversee a portfolio of TEGNA stations including WTHR, an NBC (US) affiliate in Indianapolis, and WBNS, a CBS (US) affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. Michael Brouder will be named president and general manager of WTHR, also effective upon the closing of the deal. Brouder is director of marketing and creative services at WTHR. TEGNA's deal to acquire the assets is expected to close in the third quarter.

* National CineMedia Inc.'s board tapped Chairman Thomas Lesinski as CEO of the company. Clifford Marks, who has been president and interim CEO of National CineMedia since November 2018, will return to his role as president of the company.

* Integrated Device Technology Inc. CFO Brian White will join Maxim Integrated Products Inc. on Aug. 12 to take on the same post. He will succeed Bruce Kiddoo, who will retire after working in an advisory capacity through Oct. 2.