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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.


* Walt Disney Co. hired Luke Bradley-Jones to manage its streaming service Disney+ upon its launch in Europe and Africa, Variety reported Aug. 14. Effective in early 2020, Bradley-Jones will become senior vice president for direct-to-consumer and general manager of Disney+ for Europe and Africa. He is joining Disney from Comcast Corp. unit Sky Ltd., where he was chief marketing officer.

* Spanish broadcaster Mediapro named Julien Bergeaud director general of its French unit, according to an Aug. 13 statement. Bergeaud will lead the launch of Mediapro's new channel dedicated to French soccer for the 2020-21 season. He has been serving as head of the Discovery Inc./Eurosport Group in France until now.


* Fremantle's vice president of global acquisitions and development, Levina Negi, is leaving the company after a seven-year stint, TBI Vision reported Aug. 13. Meanwhile, the RTL Group unit hired Céire Clark as its senior acquisitions manager. Clark, who will be based in London, is joining Fremantle from All3Media Ltd. unit All3Media International Ltd.

* Sports streaming service DAZN named Paul Sexton-Chadwick senior vice president of commercial propositions, Rapid TV News reported Aug. 13. Sexton-Chadwick joins DAZN from Sky Deutschland GmbH, where he most recently led over-the-top business Sky Ticket.

* U.K. media regulator Ofcom reappointed Iain Stephen Morrison to the board of MG ALBA, the body overseeing Gaelic-language television content in Scotland. Morrison's fresh four-year term began Aug. 10.

* Tania Reichert-Facilides will become interim managing director at German film company Studio Hamburg Enterprises GmbH, a subsidiary of NDR Media GmbH, DWDL reported Aug. 9. Reichert-Facilides is taking over from Christian Rönsch.

* Canadian media company Entertainment One Ltd. appointed Matt Pritchard and Matt Walton to the London-based roles of executive vice president for unscripted television, according to an Aug. 8 statement. Pritchard was managing director of production company Boomerang, while Walton was most recently head of entertainment and factual at ITV Studios Ltd.-owned producer 12 Yard. ITV Studios is a unit of ITV PLC.


* Gill Hay, Virgin Media's director of content partnerships, has left the company, TBI Vision reported Aug. 12. The Liberty Global PLC unit is not planning to fill the role vacated by Hay.

* International IT consultancy Avanade Inc. appointed Sebo Wijnberg to be its new general manager for the Netherlands, Belgium and France, Computable reported Aug. 9. Wijnberg, who will also be Avanade's country director for the Netherlands, has held various positions within the company in recent years.

* Enfo Oyj named Mari Orttenvuori CFO, effective Sept. 23. Orttenvuori is joining the Finnish IT company from M-Brain Oy, where she has been CFO of global financial operations. She will replace Christian Homén who is leaving the company.

* Advanced sensor systems supplier TagMaster AB appointed Peter Almgren marketing director of the company, according to an Aug. 9 statement. Almgren will lead TagMaster's group marketing activities with a special focus on digital marketing.

* Igor Sarbu has been appointed interim CEO of Moldovan operator Moldtelecom SA, Telecompaper reported Aug. 9. Sarbu is replacing Dan Mitriuc who has stepped down.

* Dell Technologies Inc. named Vangelis Lagousakos as channel senior director for the Middle East, Russia, Africa and Turkey, Telecompaper reported Aug. 8. Lagousakos will be in charge of improving the IT giant's relationships with channel partners.

* Quickline AG shareholders elected Enrico Ardielli and Mathias Prüssing to the Swiss internet provider's board of directors, according to an Aug. 8 news release. Ardielli and Prüssing will replace Reto Bertschi and Urs Gnehm, respectively.

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