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US Media & Comm management moves through Aug. 2: AT&T, Amazon, Charter

Media industry moves

* Match Group Inc. on Aug. 1 announced a new CEO and other top management changes. Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group Americas, will become Match Group's new CEO, succeeding Greg Blatt who will remain chairman and CEO through the end of 2017. Blatt also will stay on as CEO of Tinder until a replacement is named. Meanwhile, Tinder COO Sharmistha Dubey will become president of Match Group.

* Nielsen Holdings' Chief Technology Officer James Powell resigned from his position, the company said in an Aug. 1 Form 8-K filing. Giovanni Tavolieri, global president of operations, will take over the responsibility for Global Technology.

* Steven Boal is stepping down as CEO of Quotient Technology Inc. and will become executive chairman of the company, effective Sept. 1. Mir Aamir, currently president and COO, will succeed Boal as the company's new CEO. Boal's transition from CEO to executive chairman is not the result of any "material disagreement with the company, Quotient Technology said Aug. 1. Boal has served as CEO and as a member of the board since 1998, and as chairman of the board since February 2017.

* Peter Crage stepped down as SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.'s CFO to take a senior-level financial position at another company, SeaWorld said Aug. 1. Marc Swanson, the company's chief accounting officer, will also serve as interim CFO and interim treasurer. Crage, who was appointed SeaWorld CFO in 2015, will continue his employment with SeaWorld through mid-August to ensure a smooth transition.

* Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. said Aug. 1 that it appointed former Walt Disney Co. executive Jared Goetz to the newly created post of president of North American television distribution. Goetz will head the team responsible for licensing Lions Gate and Starz content across all broadcast, cable, pay TV, subscription-video-on-demand, and other digital platforms in the U.S. and Canada. Before the appointment, Goetz worked in various executive roles at Disney, most recently as senior vice president of pay television and digital sales and general sales manager of SVOD for Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.

* Nexstar Media Group Inc. said Aug. 1 that it eliminated the position of chief revenue officer, transferring the responsibilities into its broadcasting and digital operations. As part of the transfer, Thomas O'Brien resigned as Nexstar's executive vice president, business development and chief revenue officer. Additionally, Nexstar on July 31 appointed Keith Hopkins to the newly created position of senior vice president of distribution. Hopkins will oversee strategic local content distribution initiatives and affiliate relations for the company's broadcast and digital operations in 100 markets across the U.S.

* National CineMedia Inc. on July 31 completed its acquisition of Fantasy Movie League, an online game that allows players to run virtual theaters and predict which movies will earn the biggest box office. Fantasy Movie League co-founders Eric LaVanchy and Larry Tobin have joined NCM's digital products team, both in the role of general manager of digital gaming, while Fantasy Movie League co-creator Matthew Berry will serve as a consultant and evangelist.

* Inc. said July 26 that it is hosting a job fair to fill more than 50,000 positions across its fulfillment network in the U.S. The online retailer will hold the event at 12 locations across the U.S. Separately, the company is opening a fulfillment center in Romulus, Mich. The new center will create more than 1,500 new full-time associate roles. In the U.K., the company is increasing its workforce with the addition of 450 tech jobs, London's Financial Times reported July 25. The hiring is part of the company's plans to increase the number of staffers in the U.K. to 24,000.

Communications industry moves

* AT&T Inc. on Aug. 1 appointed Matt Hickey vice president of Global Public Sector Channel Marketing. AT&T Global Public Sector supports government and education customers across federal, state, local and international markets. Hickey, along with his team, will be responsible for the promotion of advanced communications services AT&T offers to these customers. AT&T on July 28 also made several executive changes to prepare for its planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc. John Stankey, who previously was CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group, will now lead AT&T's Time Warner merger integration planning team. Stankey will work closely with Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes to plan for a leadership transition to Stankey as CEO of AT&T's media company after the deal is completed. Lori Lee, who was previously lead of AT&T's Time Warner merger integration team, will head AT&T International Inc. She also will continue to serve as global marketing officer of the company. Meanwhile, John Donovan was named CEO of AT&T Communications, which includes AT&T's Business Solutions, Entertainment Group and Technology & Operations groups.

* Vikram Nangia joined Charter Communications Inc. as senior vice president, credit and collections, the company said Aug. 1. In this role, Nangia will head Charter's credit, collections and cash management functions for residential and small-to-medium businesses.

* Vonage Holdings Corp. said Aug. 1 that it made new investments in the Asia-Pacific region for cloud communication services and named Sunny Rao as vice president and general manager for the Asia-Pacific region.

* Windstream Holdings Inc. closed the acquisition of Broadview Networks Holdings Inc. in an all-cash transaction worth $227.5 million, according to a July 28 news release. Broadview COO Brian Crotty will serve as president of the mid-market and small business division. Other senior Broadview leaders joining Windstream are Mario Deriggi, senior vice president of sales; Stephen Farkouh, senior vice president of cloud technology and platform development; Sanjay Patel, vice president of platform development; and Tim Bell, vice president of integration management and Broadview operations.