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Deutsche Telekom to revamp management board; Volia CEO stepping down

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

TOP MOVES

* Deutsche Telekom AG's supervisory board has decided to reduce the seats in its management board starting Jan. 1, 2020. The data privacy, legal affairs and compliance department will be merged with the human resources team by the start of next year and will be led by Birgit Bohle, according to a May 22 news release. Thomas Kremer, board member of the DRC, will assist in the transition until his intended resignation on March 31, 2020. Claudia Junker, currently general counsel of the company's legal department, will head the legal, compliance and data privacy department and will report to Bohle. Bohle and company CEO Tim Höttges will also join as new members of the data privacy advisory board.

* Gyorgy Zsembery is stepping down as CEO of Ukrainian cable operator Volia, effective July 1, Broadband TV News reported May 22. Zsembery, who will remain with Volia as board vice chairman, will be replaced in the CEO role by Anton Dzyubenko.

MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES

* Naomi Carter has been appointed director of production for factual entertainment and events at BBC Studios Ltd. unit BBC Studios Productions Ltd., according to a May 21 statement. In the newly created role, Carter will head the production and business teams and help in the unit's commercial strategy. The British Broadcasting Corp. owns BBC Studios.

* British free-to-air broadcaster Freesat has appointed David Thomas as head of product, TBI Vision reported. Thomas previously was head of product at Novastone Media Ltd.

* Swiss company Tamedia AG said May 21 that it will change management at Zattoo Europa AG's executive board, following its acquisition of the German TV platform. Samuel Hügli is taking over as chairman of Zattoo from Bea Knecht.

* Daniel Fard-Yazdani, the co-head of investor relations at Axel Springer SE, will take responsibility for groupwide sustainability. Effective June 1, he will be responsible for capital market communications as head of investor relations and head of sustainability.

* Viacom Inc. unit Viacom International Media Networks named Gabor Harsanyi vice president and general manager of its operations in central/Eastern Europe and Israel, Broadband TV News reported May 20. Viacom also promoted Katarzyna Samojluk to the role of vice president of finance for central/Eastern Europe and Israel, Broadband TV News reported May 17. Samojluk will hold an additional role as country manager of Viacom International Media Networks in Poland.

* ProsiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH promoted Thomas Lasarzik to executive vice president of group content acquisitions and sales, Advanced Television reported May 17. ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE owns ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland.

* European investor LDC (Managers) Ltd. made a significant investment in MSQ Partners Ltd. The transaction valued the marketing communications group at about £37.5 million. John Clarke and Jonathan Bell of LDC will join MSQ's board as nonexecutive directors.

* Richard Davidson-Houston is stepping down as head of All 4, the video-on-demand service operated by Channel 4 (UK), according to a May 16 news release. He is expected to leave the public broadcaster in the summer.

COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY MOVES

* Search engine company Yandex NV tapped Nikolay Golovin to head its video production unit, Telecompaper reported May 21, citing Vedomosti. Golovin was previously chief producer at Russian TV channel Friday.

* Former Telecom Italia SpA CEO Marco Patuano is stepping down May 24 as chief executive of Edizione Srl, the Benetton family's holding company that owns 29.9% of towers operator Cellnex Telecom SA, Telecompaper reported May 20, citing La Repubblica. Patuano, who will not be offered a new term as Edizione's CEO, will be replaced by a company insider.

* ITI Neovision, which manages Polish direct-to-home operator nc+, named Edyta Sadowska as board chair and general director, effective June 1, Telecompaper reported May 20. Sadowska is taking over from Manuel Rougeron, who will remain special adviser to nc+'s board until end-July.

* Marko Lopicic secured a new three-year term as CEO of Bosnian operator Telekom Srpske, doing business as m:tel, Telecompaper reported May 20. Lopicic has been in his post since June 2016.

* ICT company Irideos SpA, founded by Italian infrastructure fund Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture Societa' di Gestione del Risparmio SGR SpA and pan-European fund Marguerite, named Danilo Vivarelli as its new CEO, Telecompaper reported May 17. Vivarelli has been acting as Irideos' director general since December 2018.

* Alexander Zhivotovskiy will continue as head of Ukraine's National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization, or NKRZI, after he was appointed by President Petro Poroshenko for a new six-year term, Telecompaper reported May 17, citing BizLigaNet.

* Italy's EI Towers SpA appointed Marco Mangiagalli as company chairman, following F2i's acquisition of the towers company, Telecompaper reported May 16.

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