S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a biweekly rundown of executive and board changes in the European media and communications industries.
* Telecom Italia SpA said Sept. 28 that its board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Amos Genish as CEO. Genish, who was recently appointed the Italian company's general manager for operations, will also become a board member. He was chief convergence officer of Vivendi SA, Telecom Italia's top shareholder, from January to July. Executive Deputy Chairman Giuseppe Recchi has also been appointed chairman of the strategic committee.
* Josef Thurriegl is stepping down as CFO and management board member at Hrvatski Telekom on Nov. 1, Telecompaper reported Sept. 25. Thurriegl will be replaced by Daniel Daub, who will transfer to the telco from the headquarters of parent company Deutsche Telekom.
* Rebecca Campbell will take over for Diego Lerner as president of Walt Disney Co.'s Europe, Middle East and Africa region, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Lerner is returning to Buenos Aires to assume a new position at Walt Disney International, the company said Sept. 21.
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* Swedish-founded online performance marketing company Catena Media said Oct. 3 that CEO Robert Andersson is stepping down with immediate effect. Board member Henrik Persson Ekdahl has been appointed acting CEO.
* Uber Technologies Inc.'s northern European manager Jo Bertram will leave the company in the next few weeks, following a recent decision by London transport authorities to strip the ride-hailing services of its license, Reuters reported Oct. 2, citing an internal email. Uber's London boss Tom Elvidge will take over Bertram's responsibilities on an interim basis.
* Dutch navigation technology provider TomTom NV is firing 136 employees, of whom 57 are in the Netherlands, NOS reported Sept. 29. The job losses are in the division responsible for making consumer wearables such as sport watches.
* Thierry Thuillier has been appointed as TF1 Group new division's executive vice president, succeeding Catherine Nayl, Bouygues SA said Sept. 28. Thuillier will be responsible for defining and implementing TF1 and LCI news editorial policy on television and digital media, effective Oct. 1.
* ITV Studios Global Entertainment has appointed Greg Johnson to lead the ITV Plc unit's Europe, Middle East and Africa region, TBI Vision reported Sept. 28. Johnson will also continue as executive vice president of EMEA and the Americas.
* Comedy Central (UK) has selected Lucy Robinson as the vice president of original programming and Louise Holmes as its vice president and general manager for the U.K., northern Europe and eastern Europe, TBI Vision reported Sept. 27. Robinson will lead programming efforts in the U.K., while Holmes will be responsible for the editorial strategy for Comedy Central. Viacom Inc.'s Viacom International Media Networks owns Comedy Central.
* FremantleMedia Ltd. will be bringing Talkback and Thames together as one entertainment division and has appointed Leon Wilson as managing director of the restructured segment Talkback Thames, according to parent company RTL Group. Liam Humphreys has also been appointed as CEO of FremantleMedia U.K., the company said Sept. 25.
* Lucie Robequain, Les Echos correspondent in New York since 2012, has been named editor-in-chief of Les Echos Week-End, replacing Laurent Guez, CB News reported Sept. 21. She will work with Gilles Denis and Karl De Meyer, both editors-in-chief since the creation of the magazine in 2015. Mariana Reali has also been appointed as associate editor-in-chief and Stefano Lupieri as head of section.
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* Peter Lenz has been named the new managing director of telecom company T-Systems Austria GesmbH, replacing Franz Grohs. Lenz has been T-Systems' vice president of delivery since the beginning of 2017, the company said Oct. 3.
* Deutsche Telekom AG unit T-Mobile Netherlands appointed Marieke Snoep as its new chief commercial officer for all consumer activities, according to an Oct. 2 announcement. Previously, Snoep was responsible for the telco's business division.
* Despite pressure from the government, Nokia Corp. is pushing through with staff layoffs in France, Les Echos reported Oct. 2. Following a meeting with the French secretary of state for the economy, trade union representatives said that the planned 600 job cuts is still scheduled to take place in about 10 days.
* Thierry Vanderaspoilden is leaving his post as fiber deployment director of Altice NV's SFR Group, more than a year after assuming the role in mid-2016, Telecompaper reported Sept. 25, citing Univers Freebox. Altice executive Armando Pereira, who is likely to join SFR, is reportedly behind the decision.