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US Media & Comm management moves through Jan. 25: Amazon, Microsoft, Sprint

Media industry moves

* McClatchy Co. said Jan. 25 that it named Craig Forman as its new president and CEO. Forman will replace Patrick Talamantes, who served as president and CEO since 2012.

* Cimpress NV on Jan. 25 revealed plans to decentralize its operations, under which it plans to transfer about 3,000 employees from central teams to its business units, cut about 160 posts and reduce planned hiring in certain areas. Cimpress eliminated the post of Donald Nelson, executive vice president and president of mass customization platform, and also plans to cut Wilhelm Jacobs, chief supply chain officer. Executives Ashley Hubka and Lawrence Gold are also leaving. Vistaprint President Trynka Shineman and Senior Vice President of Technology Maarten Wensveen have been promoted, while National Pen CEO Peter Kelly will join the Cimpress executive team.

* Peter Liguori is stepping down as president and CEO of Tribune Media Co., the company said Jan. 25. The board has tapped current director Peter Kern to serve the company as interim CEO while the company looks for a permanent replacement for Liguori.

* Microsoft Corp. said Jan. 24 that it appointed Kevin Scott as its chief technology officer. The appointment is an expansion of Scott's new role as senior vice president of infrastructure at LinkedIn Corp.

* Gannett Co. Inc. is laying off 141 employees across its recently acquired North Jersey Media Group in New Jersey, The Associated Press reported Jan. 23.

* Liberty Media Corp. completed its acquisition of motorsports business Formula 1 for an equity value of $4.4 billion. Following the acquisition, Formula 1 appointed current Chairman Chase Carey as CEO.

* Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. said Jan. 23 that it appointed Leena Singarajah as managing director for Asia.

* Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd.-owned AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. said Jan. 23 that it agreed to buy Stockholm-based Nordic Cinema Group Holding AB for 8.25 billion Swedish kronor, or US$929 million. Some of Nordic Cinema's executives are expected to assume increased pan-European responsibilities for AMC and its Odeon unit.

* Walt Disney Co.-owned Disney-ABC Television Group appointed Robert Langer as executive vice president and CFO, according to a Jan. 20 news release.

* 21st Century Fox Inc.'s FOX News Channel (US) hired former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage as a contributor, according to a Jan. 20 news release.

* Amazon.com Inc. is assembling a U.K. content team dubbed Amazon Studios UK, as part of plans to create more original content, Broadcast reported Jan. 19.

Communications industry moves

* Sprint Corp. appointed Néstor Cano to the newly created post of COO, the company said Jan. 24. Cano most recently was the president of European Operations at Tech Data, a distributor of IT products and services.

* Windstream Holdings Inc. is cutting 164 jobs as part of the company's efforts to streamline its business, ArkansasBusiness.com reported Jan. 24. Windstream has about 1,450 of its about 12,000 employees in Arkansas.

* Towerstream Corp. said Jan. 24 that it named Ernest Ortega CEO of the company. Ortega succeeded Philip Urso, who was named the company's interim CEO in February 2016. Urso will continue to serve as board chairman.

* Globalstar Inc. President and COO David Kagan is leaving his post to join network and satellite communications service provider SpeedCast, according to a Jan. 23 news release.

* U.S. President Donald Trump chose Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to take over as chairman of the agency, The Hill and Politico separately reported Jan. 20, citing industry sources.

* Mediacom Communications Corp. purchased AndyCable, the television cable of Andalusia, Ala., The Andalusia Star-News reported Jan. 19, citing an official statement. Ivan Bishop, whose father founded the cable company, will be retiring.

* Gogo Inc. said Jan. 19 that it promoted Jon Cobin to executive vice president and chief commercial officer.