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

* 8x8 Inc. appointed Marge Breya executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Breya most recently was senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer at MicroStrategy Inc. The company also promoted Samuel Wilson to chief customer officer and managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Homero Salinas to global vice president and head of commercial sales.

* NTN Buzztime Inc. appointed Allen Wolff permanent CEO of the company. Wolff was named interim CEO following the resignation of Ram Krishnan in September 2019.

* IHeartMedia Inc. unveiled a new organizational structure for its Markets Group, which will include three different divisions. The Region Division will be headed by division presidents Kevin LeGrett and Scott Hopeck, while the Metro Division will be headed by division presidents Tom McConnell, Tony Coles and Linda Byrd. The Community Division will be headed by division presidents Shosh Abromovich, Nick Gnau and Dan Lankford.

Greg Ashlock will continue to lead iHeartMedia Markets Group as president, and the company will also create the cross-market Multi-Market Partnerships Division, led by Julie Donohue. Additionally, the company will merge its Integrated Revenue Strategies group, headed by President Hartley Adkins, with the Markets Group. Adkins will lead the Markets Group as COO.

* David Rawlinson was appointed CEO of Nielsen Holdings PLC's Global Connect business, while Linda Zukauckas will join the company as CFO. Both appointments are effective Feb. 3. Rawlinson most recently was president of the global online business at Grainger whereas Zukauckas most recently was executive vice president and deputy CFO at American Express Co.

* ViacomCBS Inc. announced plans to reorganize ViacomCBS Networks International and reshuffle some roles in the organization. Kerry Taylor has been promoted to executive vice president of VCNI Entertainment and Youth Brands, overseeing the international operations of MTV (US), Comedy Central (US), Paramount Network (US) and BET (US). Jill Offman will now be in charge of the company's international studio business as ViacomCBS International Studios U.K. executive vice president.

Jules Borkent has been promoted to executive vice president at VCNI Kids and Family, while Raffaele Annecchino will oversee the company's operations in northern and Eastern Europe and key Asian markets. ViacomCBS also promoted JC Acosta to president of ViacomCBS Networks Americas. Borkent and Acosta replaced Pierluigi Gazzolo, who was promoted to president of studios and OTT for ViacomCBS Networks International. Meanwhile, VCNI Asia Pacific President and Managing Director Mark Whitehead will step down at the end of January.

* Vonage Holdings Corp. CFO and Treasurer David Pearson will retire from the company in May. Pearson will become a special adviser to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.

* The CW (US) President Mark Pedowitz has been promoted to chairman and CEO of the network. Pedowitz joined The CW as president in 2011. He previously ran The Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC Studios from 2004 to 2009.

* David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development, chief legal officer and secretary of Alphabet Inc., is leaving the company, effective Jan. 31. Drummond was one of the executives under scrutiny as part of an investigation into the company's handling of sexual misconduct. The company has not yet named a replacement.

* Cumulus Media Inc. Executive Vice President and CFO John Abbot is leaving the company at the beginning of March, after a stint of more than three years.

* Impinj Inc. appointed Cary Baker CFO of the company, effective Feb. 17. He most recently was CFO and treasurer at RealNetworks Inc. Linda Breard, the company's CFO consultant, will transition in February to a new role as strategic consultant to the CEO.