S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a biweekly rundown of executive and board changes in the European media and communications industries.
* Twitter Inc. named Sinéad McSweeney the new managing director for its Irish operations, succeeding Mark Little, Silicon Republic reported Dec. 12. McSweeney will also serve as Twitter's vice president of public policy and communications for EMEA.
* Telefónica Deutschland GmbH's supervisory board appointed Markus Haas to be the company's new CEO starting in January 2017. Haas, who will replace Thorsten Dirks, will lead the Telefónica SA unit together with CFO Rachel Empey, the company said Dec. 11.
* Kaan Aktan assumed the post of CFO at Türk Telekomünikasyon AS, succeeding Murat Kirkgoz, Telecompaper reported Dec. 1. Aktan comes from TTNET Inc., where he was chief consumer finance officer.
Media industry moves
* Welsh public broadcaster S4C said CEO Ian Jones is stepping down by the end of 2017. Jones' move follows the completion of the British government's independent review of the channel, according to a Dec. 9 statement.
* Florian Harms, who joined German news site Spiegel Online at the beginning of 2015 as editor in chief, has been called off his position and will leave the company shortly, German news site DWDL reported Dec. 6. He is being succeeded by Barbara Hans, deputy editor in chief since 2014.
* Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Television Production UK appointed former ITV Plc executive Alexia Edwards as the company's group commercial and business affairs director, according to a news release. Edwards will be responsible for the business affairs and utilization of Warner's intellectual property on programs and brands.
* German production group Constantin Entertainment has named Jochen Köstler as CEO, DWDL reported Dec. 5. The producer had previously been acting deputy CEO and now joins the senior leadership team to support Ulrich Brock, Onno Müller and Otto Steiner from next year.
* Dietmar Otti is the new COO at German media company Red Bull Media House, Horizont reported Dec. 2. He joins from Bauer Media Group, where he was president for western Europe and USA.
* All3Media Ltd. said Dec. 1 that it named Taco Rijssemus as the new CEO of its Amsterdam-based production unit IDTV. Rijssemus joins IDTV from Dutch public broadcaster KRO-NCRV. All3Media is a joint venture between Liberty Global plc and Discovery Communications Inc.
Communications industry moves
* Dutch telecommunications equipment provider T-Systems appointed Sake Algra as managing director, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Emerce reported Dec. 13. Algra will replace Casper Malig, who will continue to fulfill his role as vice president sales and service management for EMEA. T-Systems is a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG.
* Eutelsat Communications SA said Dec. 13 that it named Sandrine Téran as group CFO and executive committee member. Téran was formerly managing director at Netherlands-based Louis Dreyfus Holding. She will replace Antoine Castarède, who will serve as an adviser to Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer before eventually leaving the company.
* Hrvatski Telekom appointed Boris Drilo as its chief technical and information officer, the Croatian operator said Dec. 13. Drilo, who will also sit on the telco's management board, was previously sector director under the CTIO area.
* Orange SA has co-opted Alexandre Bompard as director for the remainder of the term of Bernard Dufau, who had announced his resignation at the last shareholder meeting. The board of directors also named Bernard Ramanantsoa as chairman of the audit committee and Charles-Henri Filippi as lead director, according to a Dec. 7 statement. The board, chaired by CEO Stéphane Richard, now includes 15 members.
Mark Anthony Gubagaras contributed to this article.