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Deutsche Telekom renews CEO's term; Orange retains chief executive

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

TOP MOVES

* Deutsche Telekom AG said Feb. 21 that its supervisory board extended CEO Timotheus Höttges' contract for five years. Christian Illek, currently chief human resources officer, will take over as CFO in January 2019 from Thomas Dannenfeldt, who will leave the company for private reasons by the end of 2018.

* Stephane Richard will stay on for a third term as Orange SA's CEO, Les Echos reported Feb. 19. Prior to the official announcement, French President Emmanuel Macron hinted at the decision by congratulating Richard on the renewal of his term for another four years.

MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES

* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE's supervisory board appointed Max Conze as chairman, effective June 1. He succeeds Thomas Ebeling, who is leaving the company on Feb. 22. In the interim, Deputy Chairman Conrad Albert will assume the position.

* Native advertising platform Adyoulike SA named Lee Gibson as managing director for its U.K. operations. Industry veteran Gibson joins Adyoulike from content discovery platform Outbrain, where he last served as head of sales for northern Europe.

* Olaf Schröder will continue as CEO of Constantin Medien AG until Dec. 31, 2021, following the supervisory board's move to extend his term for three years, the company said Feb. 16. Schröder has been CEO since August 2017.

* The board of directors of Radio France appointed Jean-Luc Vergne as interim president, Le Figaro reported Feb. 16, citing an internal letter. The interim period will start March 1 until a new president takes office, no later than April 14.

COMMUNICATION INDUSTRY MOVES

* Eir announced Feb. 20 the appointment of Carolan Lennon as its CEO and David McRedmond as nonexecutive chairman. The appointments will become effective after a consortium led by NJJ Telecom Europe closes its purchase of a majority stake in eir. Lennon is currently the managing director of eir's networks and wholesale unit, open eir, while McRedmond is the CEO of An Post.

* Cellnex Telecom CEO Tobias Martinez has been appointed chairman and director, replacing Francisco Reyes, who stepped down, Telecompaper reported Feb. 16. Martinez will continue his responsibilities as CEO while also taking his new roles in the company.

* Robert Redeleanu has been appointed CEO of Liberty Global plc unit UPC Polska LLC, effective April 1, Broadband TV News reported Feb. 16. Redeleanu, currently the CEO of UPC in Hungary and Romania, will replace Frans-Willem de Kloet, who is stepping down by end-February.

* Nokia Corp. is preparing to cut up to 425 full-time positions in Finland. The company has started negotiations with unions about the job cuts, which are part of a program to cut costs by €1.2 billion by the end of 2018.

* Vodafone Czech Republic as named Petr Dvorak as its permanent CEO, Telecompaper reported Feb. 13. Dvorak previously served as acting CEO for the Vodafone Group Plc unit, replacing Jiri Baca.

* The board of satellite operator SES SA named Steve Collar as its new president and CEO, and Andrew Browne as CFO, effective April 5. Collar and Browne will replace Karim Michel Sabbagh and Padraig McCarthy, respectively.

* Orange Polska SA renewed the terms of office for its management board members Bozena Lesniewska and Jolanta Dudek, Telecompaper reported Feb. 8. Lesniewska and Dudek will serve fresh three-year terms beginning on the day of the Orange unit's annual general meeting for its 2017 results.