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Telia CEO to step down; WarnerMedia names EMEA executive

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


* Johan Dennelind will step down as president and CEO of Swedish telecom operator Telia Co. AB in 2020 to "take on new challenges," according to an Aug. 4 statement. Telia's board has started looking for a successor to Dennelind, who will remain in his role for the time being. Dennelind has been Telia's top executive since September 2013.

* Warner Media LLC appointed Giorgio Stock to the new role of president, WarnerMedia entertainment networks, distribution and advertising sales for the Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Stock was previously president of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s EMEA operations. AT&T Inc. owns Warner Media.


* Mediapro said Aug. 6 that it appointed Juliana Barrera head of content at the Spanish broadcaster's office in Colombia. Barrera joins Mediapro from Caracol Televisión SA, where she most recently was a creative director.

* BBC Studios Ltd. has combined its various international sales and distribution divisions into a single global distribution group. The British Broadcasting Corp. unit tapped Paul Dempsey to oversee the group in the role of president, global distribution.

* The newly founded media company composed of German media groups Tele München Fernseh GmbH & Co. KG, Universum Film GmbH, i & u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film has restructured its license trading business division. CEO Fred Kogel will oversee the newly formed licensing division.

* Media Group Ukraine appointed Yulia Kostecka as the company's business director, Broadband TV News reported. She has held various roles related to ad sales and project monetization, including director of sales house Media Partnership.

* Netherlands-based 4K/Ultra HD channel Insight TV named Charlotte van Bochove as its global public relations manager, Broadband TV News reported. Van Bochove was previously communications manager at Vice Media LLC's Benelux unit, covering Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

* Several executives at Bulgarian National Television were ousted by Emil Koshlukov, its new director general, Broadband TV News reported Aug. 1, citing Capital. The list includes Ulyana Pramova, head of the information directorate and Vitosar Sariivanov, the main producer of sport.

* Paulius Vertelka, the head of Lithuanian ICT industry group Infobalt Association, is stepping down at the end of August to work for Google LLC's public relations policy team in central and Eastern Europe, Telecompaper reported Aug. 1, citing Ruta Satrovaite will become Infobalt's acting head following the resignation. Alphabet Inc. owns Google.


* GO PLC named Reuben Attard as its CFO, effective Oct. 1. Attard is joining the Maltese operator from Corinthia Group, where he is finance chief of the international hotel and real estate development arm.

* Inc. named Jayne-Anne Gadhia CEO of its U.K. and Ireland operations, effective Oct. 1. Gadhia was the CEO of Virgin Money from 2007 to 2018. She is the founder of a startup called Snoop.

* Magyar Telekom named Lubor Zatko as its chief technology and IT officer, effective Oct. 1. Zatko will also sit on the Hungarian operator's management committee. Deutsche Telekom AG owns Magyar Telekom.

* René Richard Obermann stepped down from Telenor ASA's board, according to an Aug. 1 news release. Obermann's decision to leave was due to his desire to focus on "other business obligations."

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