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Cable & Wireless appoints CEO; Yandex names new CEO

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

TOP MOVES

* Cable & Wireless Communications appointed Inge Smidts CEO of the company. Smidts succeeds John Reid, who recently announced he will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018. Smidts, who most recently was chief marketing officer of C&W parent Liberty Global plc, is expected to start in her new role in February 2018.

* Yandex NV named Yelena Bunina as its new CEO, Telecompaper reported Dec. 15, citing Cnews.ru. Bunina will hold the top post and combine it with her earlier role as the internet search engine's human resources director.

MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES

* The supervisory board of Germany-based WDR mediagroup GmbH has appointed Ruth Lemmer chairman, replacing Karsten Rudolph. Claudia Schare was also confirmed as deputy chairman of the company.

* SFR Group SA's SFR Media reorganized its press management, CB News reported Dec. 19. The former CEO of Infopro Digital SAS, Clément Delpirou, has been appointed CEO of SFR's press activities and as managing director and co-manager of Libération. The former CEO of L'Express, Guillaume Dubois, has been promoted to deputy CEO of SFR's press activities and chairman of Groupe L'Express. Altice NV owns SFR Group.

* The British Broadcasting Corp. has appointed Fran Unsworth as the company's news and current affairs director, effective at the start of 2018. Unsworth will be part of the executive committee and will oversee the company's news and current affairs programming.

COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY MOVES

* Ericsson AB appointed Luis Miguel Silva as the executive president of the company's Portuguese unit, effective Jan. 31, 2018, Telecompaper reported Dec. 22, citing Jornal de Negocios. Silva will replace Pedro Queiros who will be leaving the company.

* Vodafone România named Mostafa El Beltagy as the director of its consumer business unit, effective March 1, 2018, Broadband TV News reported Dec. 21. Beltagy previously headed Vodafone Group Plc's marketing global projects division.

* Samer Halawi joined Intelsat SA as chief commercial officer of the company, effective Jan. 9, 2018. In this newly created role, Halawi will lead an organization spanning Intelsat's global commercial operations, including the broadband, mobility, media, and government businesses, as well as the sales and marketing teams, the company said Dec. 20. The role was created to accelerate the commercialization of its Intelsat Epic high throughput fleet and build additional focus on the introduction of new managed services. Halawi previously was chief commercial officer of LEO startup OneWeb.

* Former Unitel T+ CEO Paula Carioca is joining Vodafone Portugal as head of its business-to-business activities, Telecompaper reported Dec. 20, citing Dinheiro Vivo. Carioca will also become part of the Vodafone Group Plc unit's executive committee.

* Mick Fernhout is stepping in as managing director of strategy for Liberty Global's central Europe group following an organizational revamp, Broadband TV News reported Dec. 19. Fernhout has been with the cable giant since 2007.

* Tomáš Budník is stepping down as chairman and CEO of O2 Czech Republic a.s., effective Dec. 31. The telco's supervisory board elected current Chief Commercial Officer Jindrich Fremuth to take over as CEO from Jan. 1, 2018. Fremuth will also serve on the company's board, according to a Dec. 18 press release.

* Telia Co. AB senior vice president and head of corporate holdings, Robert Andersson, is stepping down. He will remain in the company to hand over responsibilities to the executive management. Andersson's position will not be replaced, Telia said Dec. 15.

* Telia-owned Zitius AB has named Olle Svensson acting CEO, replacing Haval van Drumpt, who will head up Telia Lietuva AB's consumer services unit in Lithuania. Svensson was head of Zitius' City Network unit.