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S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of executive changes in the U.S. media and communications industries.

* Inc. tapped former NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke to serve as new head of Amazon Studios. Former Amazon Studios head Roy Price stepped down in October 2017 over mismanagement and sexual harassment allegations. In the interim, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng took on Price's duties as the company searched for a permanent replacement. NBC Entertainment is a unit of Comcast Corp.

* VICE Media LLC is restructuring its London-based Europe, Middle East and Africa team, Variety reported Feb. 8, citing unnamed sources. Former British Broadcasting Corp. executive Tamara Howe will oversee production in the U.K. and EMEA, as well as content strategy for the EMEA region, while Dan Constanda, former Cable News Network Inc. executive, will hold the CFO role for EMEA. Both are newly created roles. Other executive changes for Vice's EMEA group include EMEA General Counsel Katherine Chandler's promotion to COO for EMEA. Howe, Constanda and Chandler will report to Vice's EMEA CEO Matt Elek. Vice is also planning several layoffs, on top of the seven employees who were let go, as a result of the restructuring, sources said. Six of those were reportedly from the Viceland U.K. marketing team. Voluntary redundancies, which are likely to make up most of the job cuts, may affect about 4% of Vice's 400 U.K. and EMEA staff based in London, according to sources. The job losses will reportedly be "top-down," with senior executives expected to depart. The shake-up is part of a move to better align Vice's TV and digital businesses in the U.K.

Media industry moves

* International Business Machines Corp. sued to stop former executive Lindsay-Rae McIntyre from joining Microsoft as chief diversity officer, Bloomberg News reported Feb. 12. Seeking the implementation of a one-year noncompetition agreement, IBM claimed McIntyre has knowledge of confidential data about diversity, strategies and initiatives and can cause "real and immediate competitive harm" if she is allowed to move now. U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti has temporarily barred McIntyre from moving to Microsoft and scheduled a conference for Feb. 22. McIntyre previously served IBM as chief diversity officer and vice president of human resources, the company said Feb. 11. In her new role, McIntyre will work on initiatives to further Microsoft's "progress in building a diverse and inclusive culture."

* Omnicom Group Inc. named Torrey La Grange chief talent officer of its Global Client Leaders group, the company said Feb. 13. The GCL group is comprised of client leaders responsible for overseeing Omnicom's top global accounts. In this newly created role, La Grange will work closely with each of the leaders to support their role by expanding development programs, talent sharing platforms and recruiting strategies. La Grange previously was head of account management and global business director at BBH New York.

* Former Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Chief Technology Officer Injong Rhee has joined Google Inc. to lead its internet of things business as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Rhee said on LinkedIn that he initially intends to bring together Google and Alphabet Inc.'s various internet of things-related products and assets into "distinct consumer and enterprise product lines." He will work under Google Cloud CEO and Alphabet board member Diane Greene. Rhee left Samsung Electronics in December 2017 after more than six years.

* New York Times Co. CFO James Follo will retire from the company at the end of February, CEO and President Mark Thompson said during a Feb. 8 company conference call to discuss earnings. "We're deep in the process of selecting a successor and expect to have news on that in the coming weeks," Thompson told analysts on the call. Follo joined the Times Co. in 2007. Previously, he was CFO and chief administrative officer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.

* Jon McNeill has left Tesla Inc. to join ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. as COO. McNeill was president of global sales and service at Tesla until Feb. 7. CEO Elon Musk said on a conference call that the company's sales and service staff will report to him and Tesla does not plan to hire a replacement for McNeill, Bloomberg News reported.

* World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. said Feb. 8 that it promoted George Barrios and Michelle Wilson to co-presidents and appointed them to the company's board.