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

TOP MOVES

* Olaf Swantee resigned as CEO of Swiss operator Sunrise Communications Group AG, according to a Jan. 3 news release. Sunrise CFO André Krause replaced Swantee as the company's CEO, effective immediately. In addition, Chairman Peter Kurer and Vice Chairman Peter Schöpfer will not stand for reelection in the upcoming annual general meeting. Sunrise promoted Uwe Schiller to CFO, replacing Krause. Meanwhile, Chief Consumer Officer Bruno Duarte is leaving the company, with Krause taking charge of Sunrise's consumer unit on an interim basis until a replacement is named.

* Comcast Corp. promoted Jason Armstrong to group CFO at the cable provider's Sky Ltd. unit, effective Feb. 1. Armstrong will take over from Andrew Griffith, who left Sky to become senior business adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Simon Robson held finance functions at Sky on an interim basis following Griffith's departure.

MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES

* GroupM unit Kinetic Worldwide Germany GmbH, which offers out-of-home media services, appointed Sven Holsten as managing director, New Business reported Jan. 8.

* The Kantar Group Ltd. appointed Ian Griffiths as its CFO, effective Jan. 16. Griffiths is replacing Robert Bowtell, who will remain with the company until June 2020 to enable a smooth transition.

* Israel-based Tremor International Ltd. agreed to acquire News Corp.'s video advertising platform Unruly Group Ltd. Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News Corp. unit News UK & Ireland Ltd., will join Tremor International as a nonexecutive director, subject to the completion of due diligence. Unruly CEO Norman Johnston will also sit on the video advertising technology provider's board, which must be approved by Tremor International's shareholders.

* Luc van Os resigned as CEO of publisher Hearst Netherlands after 12 years in the position, Adformatie reported Jan. 6.

COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY MOVES

* Spanish technology and consulting company Indra Sistemas SA acquired cybersecurity services provider Sistemas Informáticos Abiertos SA. Luis Álvarez joined as CEO to lead the combined entity's integration and growth plan.

* Fitness and wellness marketplace platform ClassPass Inc. secured $285 million in a series E funding round led by private equity firm L Catterton Partners and The Apax Digital Fund. Marc Magliacano, managing partner at L Catterton's flagship fund, and Apax Digital Managing Partner Daniel O'Keefe will join ClassPass' board following the investment.

* Belgian technology company Agfa-Gevaert NV appointed Pascal Juery as CEO, effective Feb. 1. Juery will succeed Christian Reinaudo, who will become a member of Agfa-Gevaert's board of directors.

* Data center real estate investment trust Equinix Inc. appointed Adaire Fox-Martin to its board. Fox-Martin is a member of the executive board of German enterprise application software company SAP SE, leading global customer operations.

* NorthEdge Capital LLP made a multimillion-pound investment in CMAP Software Ltd., a Wilmslow, U.K.-based software-as-a-service provider. Phil Davidson, former CEO of hospitality software company Guestline Ltd., will join CMAP as company chair.

* The Satcoms Innovation Group, an innovation forum for the satellite communication industry, named Helen Weedon managing director, according to a Jan. 7 statement. Weedon is replacing Martin Coleman, who will sit on the organization's advisory board.

* Orange Belgium SA's board approved the appointment of Christophe Dujardin as chief consumer officer, starting Feb. 1.

* The government of Bosnia & Herzegovina approved the appointment of new acting members on BH Telecom's management board, Telecompaper reported Jan. 7, citing Biznisinfo. Sedin Kahriman was named director general.

* Russian fixed operator Akado Telecom named Grigoriy Novitskiy its new CEO, replacing Sergey Nazaro, Telecompaper reported Jan. 6, citing Izvestia.

* Barney Francis will step down as CEO of future sport for Sky later in 2020, the British pay TV company announced Jan. 6 on Twitter.

* Mobile TeleSystems PJSC named Victor Belov its new vice president and chief technology officer, Telecompaper reported Jan. 3. Belov will replace Andrey Ushatskiy, who will be in charge of the technological strategy of the mobile operator's affiliate companies.

* Francesco Paorici is stepping in as the new director general of the Italian government's Digital Italy Agency, replacing Teresa Alvaro, Telecompaper reported Dec. 30, 2019. Paorici most recently was head of group IT and infrastructure at NTT Docomo Inc. unit Docomo Digital GmbH.

* Noyabrskneftegazsvyaz, a Russian operator owned by oil company Gazprom Neft, named Kirill Pozdnyakov its new CEO, Telecompaper reported Dec. 30, 2019, citing Cnews.ru.

* Johan Castevall is stepping down as CEO of software company XMReality AB at the end of March. Jörgen Remmelg, currently with Swiss defense and aerospace tech group Ruag, will replace Castevall.

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