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Sprint gets new CFO; AMC Networks names programming leadership team

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

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* Former VEON Ltd. executive Andrew Davies joined Sprint Corp. as CFO of the company, effective July 2. Davies previously was group CFO for VEON, an international communications and technology company, before stepping down from that role in November 2017, the company said June 29.

* AMC Networks Inc. named a programming leadership team for AMC (US), SundanceTV (US) and AMC Studios. As part of the move, Ben Davis, former senior vice president of programming for AMC and SundanceTV, was promoted to executive vice president of programming for AMC Studios, the company said June 28. Susie Fitzgerald will continue to serve as executive vice president of programming for AMC and SundanceTV, while Eliot Goldberg has been promoted to executive vice president of non-fiction programming for the networks. Goldberg previously served the company as senior vice president of non-fiction programming for AMC and SundanceTV. Kristin Jones, recently senior vice president of international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, was promoted to executive vice president of international programming for AMC and SundanceTV. In related news, AMC Networks International promoted Patrick Connolly to senior vice president of programming for AMC and SundanceTV Global. Connolly will oversee acquisitions, planning, global strategy and scheduling of linear and video-on-demand programming, as well as promotion planning and on-air creative for AMC Global and SundanceTV Global. Connolly serves as executive producer of all film festival coverage for SundanceTV Global.

Media industry moves

* Atlantic Media Inc. has agreed to sell its global business news site Quartz Media LLC to Uzabase Inc., a Japanese business intelligence and media company, in a deal worth between $75 million and $110 million, according to a July 2 news release. Quartz's current co-President and Editor-in-Chief Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf, co-president and publisher, will become co-CEOs of the acquired Quartz and will report to Uzabase and NewsPicks founder and CEO Yusuke Umeda.

* Travelzoo Inc. entered into an employment agreement with Michael Peterson for the position of chief technology officer. The agreement was entered into as of June 22, according to a June 28 SEC filing.

* Former Discovery Inc. executive Courtney Menzel joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.-owned premium television network EPIX (US) as executive vice president of content distribution and partnerships. In this role, Menzel will oversee EPIX's distribution strategy on multichannel video programming distributor, over-the-top and subscription video-on-demand platforms; head talks with distribution partners; and lead the EPIX affiliate sales and marketing functions, according to a June 27 news release. At Discovery, Menzel served as senior vice president, distribution and partner marketing.

Communications industry moves

* Cincinnati Bell Inc. completed its acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom Holdco Inc., about a year after the $650 million deal was announced, the companies said July 2. John Komeiji will lead Hawaiian Telcom as its president and general manager. He was Hawaiian Telcom's chief administrative officer and legal counsel for almost a decade.

* The Federal Communications Commission tapped David Lawrence to head the agency's task force coordinating the review of the proposed merger between T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint, according to a June 27 news release. Lawrence previously served the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division as counsel to the assistant attorney general.

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