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


* Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Television named Nicole Clemens president of the company, Deadline reported Sept. 5. Clemens, who was most recently a manager and producer at Anonymous Content LLC, will report to Paramount Pictures Corp. Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. The Paramount Pictures TV unit fired former President Amy Powell in July after the executive allegedly made some racially charged remarks during a studio notes call for the network's reboot of "The First Wives Club," leaving the position vacant until Clemens' appointment.

* Christie Fleischer left Walt Disney Co. to join Netflix Inc. as global head of consumer products. In this role, Fleischer will oversee retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events, the company said Sept. 4. Fleischer previously served Disney as head of merchandise for parks, experiences and consumer products.

Media and technology industry moves

* Tinder Inc. tapped Jenny Campbell as chief marketing officer of the company. Campbell previously served 72andSunny Partners LLC as managing director of the Los Angeles office, the company said Sept. 6. The dating app is owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp.

* Nielsen Holdings PLC named David Anderson CFO of the company, effective Sept. 10. Anderson succeeds Jamere Jackson, who served in the role since 2014 and has resigned to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, Nielsen said Sept. 5. Previously, Anderson was CFO of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

* Media measurement and analytics company comScore Inc. tapped Sarah Hofstetter to become president of the company, effective Oct. 4. Hofstetter served as CEO of marketing agency 360i LLC from 2013 to 2018 and as chairwoman since May. ComScore's CEO Bryan Wiener also left 360i to join comScore earlier this year.

* The Getty family will resume full control of its namesake visual content company Getty Images Inc. after acquiring a majority stake held by private equity firm Carlyle Group LP, the parties announced Sept. 4. Following the transaction's closing, expected by the end of the third quarter, Getty Images will undergo several executive changes: CEO Dawn Airey will become a nonexecutive director, COO Craig Peters will assume the role of chief executive, and interim CFO Rik Powell will become CFO. Getty Images co-founder Mark Getty will lead the company's board as chairman, with co-founder and current Chairman Jonathan Klein to remain on the board as deputy chairman. Klein will also maintain his equity interest in the company.

* Boyne Capital Partners LLC acquired Fort Atkinson, Wis.-based business-to-business media and business intelligence company AC Business Media Inc. The lower-middle-market private equity firm partnered with AC Business Media's management in the transaction. Former Chairman Anil Narang and CEO Carl Wistreich will continue to own minority stakes in AC Business Media after selling their majority stake. Industry veteran Barry Lovette was named new CEO of the company.

* Snap Inc. hired Kristen O'Hara, chief marketing officer at AT&T Inc.'s WarnerMedia, as vice president of U.S. global business solutions, The Hollywood Reporter reported Aug. 30. In this role, O'Hara will oversee sales at the social networking company, starting Sept. 4. At Snap, O'Hara will lead the recently renamed business services division. O'Hara joins the Snapchat owner after the departure of former head of sales Jeff Lucas in February. At WarnerMedia, formerly called Time Warner Inc., O'Hara worked in sales for 16 years.

Telecommunications industry moves

* Altice USA Inc.'s news division added two executives to its management team: Chris Vacarro, vice president, digital news and Kristin Malaspina, vice president, marketing and audiences. Vacarro will oversee digital strategy and product development of the sites in Altice USA News' portfolio, such as News 12 and i24NEWS U.S. He was formerly director of digital at Topps Co.

Malaspina will be responsible for marketing and audience development for the division across all mediums, including linear and digital distribution channels. Prior to joining Altice USA, Malaspina spent a decade in the marketing and programming space and was most recently the vice president of distribution marketing at Starz. She was also the vice president of partnership marketing at Spectrum Networks, a division of Charter Communications Inc.

* James Monroe III retired as CEO of Globalstar Inc., effective Sept. 4. Monroe will now serve as executive chairman of the company's board, according to a Sept. 4 SEC filing. Globalstar named David Kagan the new CEO of the company. Kagan was Globalstar's president and COO from January 2016 through March 2017 and reassumed the position in December 2017.

* Thomas Saine, Spok Holdings Inc.'s chief information officer, died Aug. 30, the company announced in a form 8-K filing. He served as the company's information chief since August 2008 and was previously Spok's chief technology officer, president of Spok subsidiary GTES LLC, vice president of corporate technical operations and vice president of technology and integration.

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