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Disney elects Oracle, Illumina CEOs to board; Match Group increases board size

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a rundown of board changes in the U.S. media and communications industries.

* TEGNA Inc.'s board elected former Time Warner Cable Inc. executive Melinda Witmer as a new director of the company. With Witmer's election, TEGNA has 10 directors, the company said Dec. 12. Witmer joined Time Warner Cable in 2001 and served in several executive roles including head of content, COO for Time Warner Cable Networks and executive vice president and chief video officer. Time Warner Cable is now owned by Charter Communications Inc.

* Walt Disney Co. on Dec. 7 announced the election of two new directors to its board. The newly elected directors are Oracle Corp. CEO Safra Catz and Illumina Inc. President and CEO Francis deSouza. The elections of Catz and deSouza are effective Feb. 1, 2018. Catz is also a member of Oracle's board. She previously was president of Oracle and has also served as the company's CFO. DeSouza was appointed president and CEO of Illumina in 2016.

* Match Group Inc on Dec. 6 increased the size of its board to 12 members and elected company CEO Amanda Ginsberg as a member of the board to fill the vacancy created by such increase. Ginsberg will not receive any compensation for her service as a member of the board, the company said in a Dec. 7 SEC filing.

* Alan Horn will step down as chair of Rogers Communications Inc.'s board, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Deputy Chair Edward Rogers will replace Horn as board chair, while Melinda Rogers will assume the role of deputy chair, the company said Dec. 7. Horn, who is president and CEO of Rogers Telecommunications Ltd. and certain private companies that control RCI, will remain on the RCI board.

* McClatchy Co. said in a Dec. 5 SEC filing that it appointed Vijay Ravindran to the board to serve as a class B director of the company, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Ravindran is the co-founder and CEO of virtual reality startup Floreo. He previously was senior vice president and chief digital officer at Graham Holdings Co.

* Lalit Lal resigned from RealBiz Media Group Inc.'s board, effective, Nov. 30. Lal's resignation was not the result from any disagreement with the company, RealBiz said in an SEC filing.

* Media mogul John Malone's Liberty Global plc is making an investment in STX Entertainment. As part of the transaction, Liberty Global Chief Programming Officer Bruce Mann will join STX's board of directors, according to a Nov. 30 news release.