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BBC names group managing director; Turkcell CEO departs

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


* The British Broadcasting Corp. appointed Bob Shennan group managing director. Shennan, who most recently was BBC's director of radio and music, will take up his new post next month and will sit on the executive committee, according to a March 20 statement. In his new role, Bob will oversee strategy, policy, legal, commercial rights and business affairs.

* Muhterem Kaan Terzioğlu stepped down as CEO of Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri AŞ, effective March 15. Turkcell's Executive Vice President of Sales Murat Erkan will become the company's acting CEO, while Kadri Özdal will become acting executive vice president of sales.

* Tele Columbus AG, doing business as PYUR, said March 5 that Frank Donck is stepping down as the company's chairman and supervisory board member, effective April 2. The company has begun looking for Donck's successor in the supervisory board, with the board electing a chairman for the company in due course.


* Deezer SA named Laurence Miall-d'Août as its chief commercial officer, Advanced Television reported March 15. Miall-d'Août is joining the music streaming platform April 2 from Liberty Global PLC, where she was vice president of advanced data and advertising.

* The Marketing Group PLC tapped Jesper Ohlenschlaeger as the company's executive chairman and interim CEO after closing the acquisition of Blockchain Nordic. Ohlenschlaeger replaced Adam Graham, who resigned from the board to pursue other business opportunities, the company said March 12.

* Former STX Entertainment executive David Kosse will join Netflix Inc. as vice president of international film in April, leading a team out of the streaming giant's London office, reported March 11. Kosse previously served STX as president of international.

* Bertram Stausberg will become managing director of Axel Springer SE unit Axel Springer Print Management GmbH, beginning April 1, according to a March 11 news release. Stausberg will oversee Axel Springer's print businesses alongside Thomas Drensek.

* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE said March 6 that it appointed Nick Thexton to the newly created role of chief technology officer. Thexton is joining the media group in June from Inmarsat PLC, where he was chief digital and product officer as well as a member of the executive management board.


* Bjoern Goerke, SAP SE's chief technology officer and cloud platform business head, has left the German software company, Reuters reported March 20. Programming experts Thomas Jung and Rich Heilman have also parted ways with SAP.

* Polish telecom and data center services provider ATM SA appointed Daniel Szczesniewski as its new CEO, replacing Slawomir Koszolko, Telecompaper reported March 20.

* Vodafone Iceland's parent entity Sýn hf said March 19 that its CFO Hrönn Sveinsdóttir is leaving the company.

* Vitaliy Vlasenko has been appointed the new CEO of Ukrainian mobile operator Intertelecom, replacing Victor Panfilov, Telecompaper reported March 18, citing BizLigaNet.

* Belgian IT provider Cheops BV appointed Geert Degezelle as CEO, effective April 1, Datanews reported March 3. Degezelle, formerly CEO of Telindus BV and in charge of Proximus' business-to-business security and cloud division, will succeed Filip Goos, who will become full-time board chairman.

* Tieto Oyj said March 11 that it named Thomas Nordås as its new managing partner in Norway.

* Telia Co. AB unit Telia Lietuva AB named Arūnas Lingė as its new head of finance, effective March 25. Lingė will replace Laimonas Devyžis, who has stepped down, according to a March 8 statement.

* Federico Rigoni stepped down as head of Ericsson's Italian and southeast Mediterranean unit, Telecompaper reported March 8. Roberto Bussolotti will take over Rigoni's post on an interim basis, effective April 1.

* Henrik Brogaard has been named as the new CEO of TT-network, the Danish mobile network jointly owned by Telenor ASA and Telia, reported March 7. Brogaard has held executive roles with Ericsson, TDC A/S and Nokia Corp.

* British telecom company CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings PLC tapped former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Simon Holden as group COO. Holden also joined CityFibre's board as an executive director, the company said March 1.