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FremantleMedia CEO stepping down; Tricolor TV chief quits

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

TOP MOVES

* FremantleMedia Ltd. CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving her post after being with the company for more than two decades, Variety reported March 21, citing FremantleMedia parent RTL Group.

* Tricolor TV CEO Aleksey Kholodov has stepped down amid a dispute with the company's largest shareholder Andrey Tkachenko, Telecompaper reported March 15, citing Vedomosti. The Russian satellite TV operator's shareholders are reportedly looking for Kholodov's replacement.

MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES

* Danish commercial public broadcaster TV2 ØST said March 20 that Jimmy Maymann has been appointed as the new chairman of the company's board. He takes over from Lars Liebst. Maymann was CEO of The Huffington Post between 2012 and 2015.

* Anouk Kamminga and Willem van Zeeland will join Dutch public broadcaster VPRO on June 1, where they, together with Stan van Engelen, will form the new editors-in-chief of all content from the broadcaster, Villamedia reported March 19.

* The president of Condé Nast France since 2006, Xavier Romatet, has resigned, CB News reported March 16. According to reports, he may join a future project to merge the press activities currently under discussion between Lagardère SCA unit Lagardere Active Digital SAS, Mondadori and Marie Claire.

* Maylis Çarçabal has been appointed vice president of communication and brands at TF1 Group, effective March 12. She succeeds Frédéric Ivernel, who is leaving the group to pursue personal projects, the broadcaster announced March 9.

* As part of its efforts to bundle its sports and advertising business, Sky PLC unit Sky Deutschland GmbH has appointed Jacques Raynaud as its new executive vice president of sports and advertising, the company said March 8.

* Karin de Groot, director of television at Dutch media company Talpa Holding NV, will leave her position after the summer, Adformatie reported March 8. A replacement for de Groot has yet to be found.

COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY MOVES

* Telecom Italia SpA said March 21 that it has appointed Pietro Scott Jovane as the company's chief commercial officer, effective mid-April. Jovane previously was the CEO of Microsoft Corp.'s Microsoft Italia.

* Fingerprint Cards AB has appointed Pernilla Lindén as its new CFO and a member of the executive management team, according to a March 20 announcement. She is taking over from Hassan Tabrizi, who is leaving the position as interim CFO on his own initiative.

* TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC's general manager of ultrafast broadband, Richard Sinclair, is jumping to rival Virgin Media to become its executive director of connectivity, London's the Financial Times reported March 18. Liberty Global plc owns Virgin Media.

* Swedish operator IP-Only AB appointed Deputy CEO Frida Westerberg as president and CEO, replacing Henrik Ringmar. The move comes as IP-Only is changing focus from acquiring residential customers to the business sector, according to a March 19 news release.

* Sergei Anokhin has been appointed March 16 as Rostelecom PJSC's senior vice president and CFO. Anokhin will be in charge of a number of tasks, including managing procurement activities and implementing projects.

* The board of Eir's parent company Eircom Holdco SA has stepped down prior to the expected completion of the Irish operator's purchase by Toohil Telecom Holdings Ltd. in the first half of 2018. Eir CFO Huib Costermans also revealed plans to leave the company in June post deal completion, Eir said March 8.