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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.


* Cellnex Telecom SA's board has appointed Franco Bernabè as nonexecutive chairman of the Spanish towers operator, according to a July 25 news release. Bernabè, who is chairman of family investment vehicle FB Group, previously was chairman and CEO of Telecom Italia.

* Boulos Doany has stepped down as CEO and general manager of Türk Telekomünikasyon AŞ, after almost three years in the role. The Turkish telecom operator named Ümit Önal as its new CEO and acting general manager, effective July 31. Önal was most recently Türk Telekom's assistant general manager for marketing and customer care.


* Dan Teodosiu will step down as chief technology officer of Criteo SA, effective Sept. 30, following a mutual agreement with the French advertising company. Teodosiu will remain with the company as a nonexecutive employee during a garden leave period beginning Aug. 16 and ending Sept. 30, the company disclosed in an SEC filing.

* Michael Doorly resigned as CEO of Independent News & Media PLC, following the completion of the company's sale to Belgian media group Mediahuis NV, according to a July 31 disclosure. Former Telegraaf Media Groep NV CEO Marc Vangeel replaced Doorly as the newspaper publisher's chief executive. Richard McClean, INM's managing director of publishing for Ireland, was promoted to COO, while Peter Vandermeersch was named INM's publisher. Vangeel, McClean and Vandermeersch will form a newly created executive committee, to which other senior management members will report. Vangeel will also join INM's board of directors together with Mediahuis Chairman Thomas Leysen, Group CEO Gert Ysebaert and COO Paul Verwilt. Catriona Mullane, John Bateson, Kieran Mulvey and Seamus Taaffe have left INM's board.

* British public broadcaster Channel 4 (UK) has appointed key people to several commissioning roles across its offices, according to a July 31 statement. Former British Broadcasting Corp. documentaries executive Sacha Mirzoeff was named factual commissioning editor and head of the Bristol creative hub, while Gwawr Martha Lloyd will become commissioning editor for scripted. True Vision executive producer Will Rowson and Harjeet Chhokar were appointed commissioning editors for factual, while Deborah Dunnett will assume the role of commissioning editor for popular factual.

* Herbert Kloiber Jr. is leaving the newly created group composed of German media companies Tele München Fernseh GmbH & Co. KG, Universum Film GmbH, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film. Bernhard zu Castell was earlier named chief distribution officer of the new company. Castell will retain his role as managing director of production at Universum Film.

* Dutch public broadcaster NOS has appointed Daniël Kegel as its new head of digital media, effective Sept. 1. Kegel will replace Lara Ankersmit.

* Simon Fox, CEO of Reach PLC, formerly Trinity Mirror, is stepping down, London's The Daily Telegraph reported July 29. Former Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC CEO Jim Mullen will take over from Fox, effective in August.

* ITV PLC unit ITV Studios Entertainment said July 29 that it appointed Fiona Clark creative director, effective in September. Clark will replace Katie Rawcliffe.

* Dutch on-demand content services provider ODMedia Group has acquired Benelux-based branding firm EffieCient BV, Broadband TV News reported July 26. Following the deal, Effiecient CEO Helmut Ramak will become ODMedia Group's head of marketing.

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Nicky Morgan as the new secretary of state for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Morgan, who chaired the treasury committee at the House of Commons, will replace Jeremy Wright, Forbes reported July 25.


* Data protection solutions provider Hiddn Solutions ASA named Jørgen Waaler as its new CEO, effective Aug. 1.

* Cisco Systems Inc. promoted Miguel Almeida to the role of general director for its Portuguese operations, Telecompaper reported July 30, citing Economia Online. Prior to the appointment, Almeida was Cisco Portugal's sales and channel manager.

* Vodafone Romania SA is revamping its executive team, following parent entity Vodafone Group PLC's takeover of Liberty Global PLC's operations in Romania, Telecompaper reported July 29. UPC Romania CEO Mihnea Radulescu will become Vodafone business unit director, while Mostafa El Beltagy will be the consumer business unit director.

* Telecom Italia SpA named Giovanni Ronca chairman of its ICT services unit Olivetti SpA, Telecompaper reported July 26. Ronca was earlier appointed CFO of the Italian operator in May.

* Aleksey Mas stepped down as head of Kyivstar's Innovation Lab unit, Telecompaper reported July 25, citing BizLigaNet. The Ukrainian mobile operator's director for digital services will take over Mas' duties.

* Telefónica SA unit Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG has appointed Mallik Rao chief technology officer, succeeding Cayetano Carbajo Martin in mid-October. Rao will oversee the company's mobile and fixed-network operations.

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