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S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a biweekly rundown of executive and board changes in the European media and communications industries.

Top moves

* beIN Media Group LLC appointed Yousef Al-Obaidly the new CEO of DigiTürk, effective immediately, following acquisition of the latter, according to an Oct. 4 company release. Al-Obaidly has been with beIN Media for 14 years, and is currently the group's deputy CEO as well as president of beIN SPORTS France.

* Boulos H.B. Doany was appointed CEO and general manager of Türk Telekomünikasyon Anonim Sirketi, replacing Rami Aslan, Broadband TV News reported Sept. 29, citing Hurriyet. Doany previously was CEO, managing director and executive director of the Saudi Oger Group, and was CEO of Türk Telekom for five years, according to the report.

* Nikolay Ivanov quit his post as CFO of VimpelCom's Russian unit, doing business as Beeline, Telecompaper reported Sept. 22, citing Ivanov, who became Beeline's CFO in 2013, will reportedly pursue outside opportunities.

Media industry moves

* Vincent Meslet resigned as executive director of national TV channel France 2, Les Echos reported Oct. 5. Meslet is leaving by mutual agreement due to differences of strategy with Delphine Ernotte, president of parent company France Télévisions SA.

* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels will leave the company on March 31, 2017, Finanz Nachrichten reported Oct. 4. He will join Discovery Communications Inc. in New York. The search for his successor has already begun.

* Mehmet Ali Yalcindag resigned as coordinator of Dogan Media Group following allegations of ties with Berat Albayrak, the Turkish minister of energy and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son-in-law, Broadband TV News reported Oct. 3, citing Hurriyet. Dogan Media Group operates channels such as Kanal D and CNN Türk.

* Deutschlandradio director Willi Steul may be announcing his retirement ahead of his term's official end in 2019, DWDL reported Oct. 2. Steul has been the radio broadcaster's director since 2009.

* British Broadcasting Corp. Director of Radio Helen Boaden is retiring from the public broadcaster, according to a Sept. 30 news release. James Purnell is taking over Boaden's post in an expanded role as director of radio and education.

* Het Laatste Nieuws editor-in-chief Wim Verhoeven is stepping down after 23 years at the Belgian newspaper, De Redactie reported Sept. 30. Verhoeven will be replaced by the tandem of Dimitri Antonissen and Frank Depoorter.

* Yves Guillemot was reappointed chairman and CEO during Ubisoft's annual shareholders meeting, the company said in a Sept. 29 news release. Yves and Gérard Guillemot were re-elected as directors, and Frédérique Dame and Florence Naviner were appointed as new independent directors.

* Erik Roddenhof was appointed CEO of De Persgroep, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Adformatie reported Sept. 29. Roddenhof will replace current CEO Frits Campagne, who will remain active as chairman of the board of directors.

* Nick Fraser resigned as editor of the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Storyville documentary strand to focus on his new documentary subscription video-on-demand service Yaddo, Broadcast reported Sept. 28. Fraser, who has been in the role since Storyville began in 1997, will be temporarily replaced by executive producer Kate Townsend.

* Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix Inc., will join the board of Swedish music streaming company Spotify Ltd., Recode reported Sept. 27. The move comes as Spotify reportedly prepares to go public in 2017. The streaming service also plans on eventually moving on to video. With Sarandos joining the company's board, Spotify can get help with its plans as Sarandos negotiates with movie studios and TV networks for Netflix, according to the report.

* Former Sky plc head of creative Kenny Reynolds was appointed vice president of creative at A+E Networks U.K., effective immediately, Broadband TV News reported Sept. 26. Reynolds will oversee all creative output for the broadcaster's channels in the U.K., leading a team of 25 employees and reporting directly to A+E Networks U.K. General Manager and Senior Vice President of Content and Creative Heather Jones, according to the report. A+E Networks is a joint venture between Walt Disney Co.'s Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corp.

Communications industry moves

* Ericsson AB on Oct. 4 unveiled plans to slash about 3,900 jobs in Sweden as part of ongoing cost-saving measures. The job cuts will affect the tech firm's operations in six sites across the country and include about 1,000 positions in production, about 800 in research and development, and about 1,200 in other group and support functions. Ericsson also wants to cut the number of its consultants in Sweden by 900. The job cuts will be executed by combining voluntary and forced reductions with outsourcing and other alternative measures. Ericsson is continuing its consultations with unions on the proposed job reductions, which are expected to end at the latest during the second half of 2017. Meanwhile, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Ulf Ewaldsson said Ericsson is planning to hire about 1,000 engineers in Sweden over the next three years to support company efforts to develop new technologies.

* Volia President Sergey Boyko quit his post to focus on his own consulting business, Broadband TV News reported Oct. 3. Boyko, who was a member of Volia's senior management for 15 years, will continue to work for the company as an adviser to the director general.

* Polsat Group founder Zygmunt Solorz-Zak will focus on developing strategies for the company, following his resignation from Polsat's supervisory board, Digital TV Europe reported Oct. 3. Meanwhile, Tomasz Szelag and Marek Kapuscinski were appointed as new additions to the supervisory board.

* Pepephone CEO Pedro Serrahima is leaving the Spanish mobile virtual network operator to join Spanish tourist group Globalia at the end of October, Telecompaper reported Sept. 28, citing El Confidencial. Serrahima founded Pepephone in 2012. The company was recently sold to MásMóvil Ibercom SA.

* Deutsche Telekom AG subsidiary Telekom Deutschland GmbH appointed two new executives under plans to combine its different departments into a single service unit, according to a Sept. 22 news release. Ferri Abolhassan, currently director of the information technology division and in charge of Telekom Security at Deutsche Telekom's business unit T-Systems, will join Telekom Deutschland as director of service transformation from Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Telekom Deutschland's Director of Technology Bruno Jacobfeuerborn will become managing director at Deutsche Funkturm GmbH and chief technology officer at Deutsche Telekom, beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Jacobfeuerborn's successor has yet to be named.