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CBS appoints communications chief; Zillow Group COO stepping down

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* CBS Corp. tapped Dana McClintock to be executive vice president and chief communications officer. McClintock, who previously served as the company's executive vice president of communications, will succeed Gil Schwartz, who will retire Nov. 1, the company said Oct. 11. McClintock will head the communications group that incorporates public relations, media relations, and corporate and internal communications functions for all divisions of the company.

* Zillow Group Inc. COO Amy Bohutinsky joined the company's board and will step down from her role as COO in January 2019. The company also appointed Aimee Johnson chief marketing officer and Jennifer Rock chief accounting officer. Rock will retain her current role as Zillow's interim CFO while the company continues its search for a new financial chief. Bohutinsky, who joined the company in 2005, has been Zillow's COO since 2015 and has held several leadership positions within the company, including chief marketing officer from March 2011 to August 2015 and vice president of marketing and communications from September 2010 to March 2011. Johnson, who will join Zillow in November, most recently served as Starbucks Corp.'s senior vice president of customer relationship management.

* Peter Iacono is stepping down as Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s president of international TV and digital distribution to become CEO of TravelCadabra, an internet travel, entertainment and e-commerce platform launching in early 2019. Iacono has been with Lions Gate's worldwide television and distribution group leadership team for almost a decade. Replacing him is Agapy Kapouranis, who joined the company in 2011 and has served recently as executive vice president of worldwide subscription video on demand.

Media and technology industry moves

* Cinedigm Corp. appointed Erick Opeka president of digital networks, effective immediately. Opeka will oversee the strategy, development, launch and operations of the company's roster of digital-first channels and products, the company said Oct. 17. Opeka was Cinedigm's executive vice president of digital networks since 2014.

* IMAX Corp. appointed Megan Colligan president of IMAX Entertainment and executive vice president of IMAX Corp. The appointment takes effect Feb. 19, 2019, immediately following a consulting period, the company said in a news release dated Oct. 15. Colligan will report to IMAX Corp. CEO Rich Gelfond.

* Former Channel 4 (UK) Commissioner Lucy Leveugle is joining Netflix Inc.'s unscripted content team, TBI Vision reported. Leveugle will be based in London and will be in charge of unscripted content for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

* Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. appointed Pete Monfre general manager of WVTV in Milwaukee, which has two digital subchannels: The CW (US) affiliate CW18 and the MyNetworkTV (US) affiliate My24. Prior to joining Sinclair, Monfre served as the executive vice president of Lammi Sports Management.

* Anthony Ambrosio, CBS' senior executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief human resources officer, is leaving the company, effective Nov. 1, according to an Oct. 12 Form 8-K SEC filing.

* CBS also named Laurie Rosenfield chief people officer of the company. In this newly created position, Rosenfield will focus on people and culture and be responsible for managing certain human resources functions for the company.

* ANSYS Inc. on Oct. 11 named Prith Banerjee chief technology officer. Banerjee is a director of Cray Inc. and Cubic Corp. He recently was senior client partner at management consulting firm Korn/Ferry International. Ansys develops and markets engineering simulation software and services worldwide.

* Brian O'Kelley, founder and CEO of AppNexus Inc., will move away from day-to-day operations and work in an advisory role following AT&T Inc.'s acquisition of the company, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. "Brian is a leader's leader, and I appreciate him setting up a fantastic team at AppNexus that will help lead Xandr to the next level," Brian Lesser, head of AT&T's new advertising and analytics unit Xandr, reportedly said in the email. Former AppNexus CFO Jonathan Hsu and former Chief People and Legal Officer Nithya Das are also moving to advisory roles.

Communications industry moves

* Otelco Inc., a wireline telecommunication services provider, named Richard Clark COO, the company said Oct. 12. Clark joins the company from TVC Albany Inc., where he was executive vice president and CFO. "Initially, Richard will focus on plant and network operations as we plan for the retirement of our Senior Vice President of Operations Ed Tisdale. During 2019, Richard's responsibilities will expand to include marketing, sales, billing and regulatory functions," Otelco President and CEO Rob Souza said. The appointment is effective Oct. 15.

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