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

* Comcast Corp. became the majority owner of British pay TV company Sky PLC after completing the acquisition of Sky shares held by 21st Century Fox Inc. James Murdoch, John Nallen, Chase Carey, Martin Gilbert, Andy Sukawaty, Tracy Clarke and Katrin Wehr-Seiter resigned from the Sky board. The director resignations came after Comcast unit Comcast Bidco Ltd.'s cash offer to acquire the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of Sky for £17.28 per Sky share became unconditional, following the completion of its purchase of the 672,783,139 Sky shares held by 21st Century Fox. Comcast now owns 1,321,384,334 Sky shares, representing about 76.84%. Matthieu Pigasse and Adine Grate have agreed to remain on the Sky board for the time being. James Conyers, Sky's group general counsel, has been appointed to the Sky board as an executive director.

* ANGI Homeservices Inc. promoted Chief Product Officer Brandon Ridenour to CEO of the company, succeeding Chris Terrill. Terrill will remain CEO of the company until a transition period is completed by the end of the year, upon which Terrill will step down as chief executive and from the company's board and continue on with the company in an advisory capacity. Following the transition period, Ridenour will join ANGI Homeservices' board along with President and COO Craig Smith.

* Bell Canada appointed Wade Oosterman to be vice chair of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. Oosterman has assumed a senior advisory and oversight role on the Bell executive team, in addition to his existing leadership of Bell Media as group president and his role as Bell's chief brand officer, according to an Oct. 4 news release.

* Gregory Wasson resigned from Verizon Communications Inc.'s board of directors, effective Oct. 1. Wasson's decision to resign was not the result of any disagreement with the company, according to an 8-K filing dated Oct. 4.

* Uniserve Communications Corp. on Oct. 3 said Nicholas Jeffery resigned as a director of the company on Sept. 28, coinciding with his dismissal as the CEO of the company on the same date.

* GoDaddy Inc. founder Bob Parsons resigned from the company's board of directors, effective Oct. 5, the company said in a news release. He will devote his full-time efforts to the businesses he established under the Yam WorldWide Umbrella.

* RealNetworks Inc. on Oct. 2 said its shareholders elected two directors of the company, Robert Glaser and Bruce Jaffe, to hold office for a three-year term or until a successor has been duly elected and qualified.

* David Scott joined Couchbase Inc.'s board as an independent director, according to an Oct. 2 news release. From 2001 to 2010, Scott served as president and CEO of data storage company 3PAR Inc. The company also announced the departure of Bob Wiederhold, executive chairman and former president and CEO, from its board.

* John Wiley & Sons Inc. said Oct. 1 that it elected Beth Birnbaum to its board of directors, effective Sept. 27. Birnbaum, who is the former COO of PlayFab Inc., will be a member of the board's technology committee.

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