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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.

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* VEON Ltd. said May 27 that it promoted Eugene Krazhan to CEO of its Beeline Kyrgyzstan unit, effective in June. Krazhan is transferring to the Kyrgyzstan-based operator from VEON's Ukrainian subsidiary Kyivstar, where he is currently director of the business-to-business segment. He has held various marketing and strategy roles at Kyivstar.

* Branko Mitrovic has been appointed as the new CEO of Telenor Montenegro MNR, replacing Sandra Steiner, effective July 1, Telecompaper reported May 27. Prior to his new position, Mitrovic had been a board member at the PPF Group NV unit.

MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES

* Media solutions company Globecast France SAS named Jack Braybrook as account manager for distribution and James Whittaker as business development manager for OU Sports and Events, according to a May 28 news release. Braybrook and Whittaker will be both based in the U.K., with their appointments taking effect immediately.

* Riccardo Zacconi is stepping down as CEO of Swedish-founded game production company King Digital Ltd., according to a Form 8-K filed May 24 by King's parent entity Activision Blizzard Inc. Zacconi will take over as chairman of King, effective July 1.

* France's Reworld Media SA said May 23 that it acquired DZ Foot, the first French-speaking website on Algerian soccer news, from its founders. Following the transaction, DZ Foot co-founder Hassen Ferroukhi was appointed head of digital sports business at Reworld Media.

* TF1 Group said May 23 that it appointed François Pellissier director of TF1 Advertising and Sports and member of the executive committee, replacing Régis Ravanas, who is leaving the company. Fabrice Bailly will take over the management of TF1 Production, in addition to his duties as the company's director of programming and acquisitions.

* Peter Vandermeersch, former editor-in-chief of Belgian paper De Standaard and Dutch newspaper NRC, will become publisher of Independent News & Media PLC, de Volkskrant reported May 23. Vandermeersch said he will also help integrate the company into publisher Mediahuis NV, which acquired INM. He left NRC early this year and initially planned to become Paris correspondent for the newspaper.

* Karen Lawson, chief of corporate-sponsored startup accelerator Slingshot, is set to become managing director of Spotify Technology SA's operations in Australia and New Zealand, The Australian Financial Review reported May 23. Lawson will replace Jane Huxley, who left the company in February.

COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY MOVES

* Intelsat SA named David Tolley executive vice president and CFO of the company, effective June 3. Tolley will also serve on the company's management committee, Intelsat said May 28. Tolley will replace Jacques Kerrest, who announced his retirement as CFO of Intelsat earlier this year. Previously, Tolley was CFO of OneWeb LLC, which develops a constellation of satellites to enable internet access.

* Nordic IT consulting company Cybercom Group AB said May 28 that it appointed Andrzej Gibas as the new managing director of its Cybercom Poland unit. Gibas will take over from Marcin Siech, who left Cybercom Group in March. Jan Matulewicz, who has held the role of managing director on an interim basis since March, was named operations director for Cybercom Poland.

* The Irish government reappointed Helen Dixon as the country's data protection commissioner for a second five-year term, Justice and Equality Minister Charlie Flanagan said May 27. Dixon was first named to the role in September 2014. She welcomed her reappointment in a May 28 statement.

* Clouditalia Telecomunicazioni SpA has appointed Bernardo Marzucchi as CEO, Telecompaper reported May 27. In addition to the new role, Marzucchi will continue as general manager of the Italian cloud services company.

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