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European Media & Comm moves through Aug. 9: Orange, BT, Telecom Italia

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

TOP MOVES

* Orange SA said Aug. 3 that its board of directors has decided to appoint Christel Heydemann as director, replacing José Luis Duran, who has been in the role since 2008. Duran resigned after being appointed as CEO of Value Retail Plc and due to being a member of the board of directors of Inditex and Mars Inc.

* British Telecom said it appointed Marc Allera as CEO of its consumer business. The new segment would combine the company's consumer business and its unit EE Ltd.'s businesses and will operate across the BT, EE and PlusNet plc brands to offer fixed and mobile networks, consumer products and services and content, according to a July 28 news release.

* Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine will provisionally fill in most of the responsibilities of outgoing Telecom Italia SpA CEO Flavio Cattaneo, with Deputy Chairman Giuseppe Recchi temporarily taking over the remaining tasks, such as those related to security and to international wholesale unit Sparkle, Reuters reported July 28. Vivendi's Chief Convergence Officer Amos Genish will be appointed as the operator's general manager for operations, the report said, citing sources.

MEDIA INDUSTRY MOVES

* Viacom Inc. unit Viacom International Media Networks said Aug. 8 that it named Michael Keidel as its new vice president of content, distribution and sales. Keidel will manage all content, distribution and sales activities of the company's Berlin headquarters.

* Tim Carter, CEO of production company Twenty Twenty Television Co. Ltd., is joining ITV Studios Ltd's factual label Shiver as its managing director in 2018, according to an Aug. 7 news release. Carter will remain with Twenty Twenty until his successor has taken over. Twenty Twenty is owned by Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Television Production UK, while ITV Studios is the production arm of ITV Plc.

* Beatriz Campos has been appointed head of international sales for StudioCanal, the company said July 31. Based in London, she will lead international sales for StudioCanal's TV series and third-party acquisitions. StudioCanal is a unit of Vivendi SA's Canal Plus Group SA.

COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY MOVES

* Magyar Telekom's board approved changes to the company's organizational structure, which will see small business customers placed under the consumer segment and customers from medium-sized businesses managed by T-Systems. Along with the changes, the SMB area and the chief commercial officer for SMB position will be axed, with the post's holder Péter Lakatos set to leave the telco by Nov. 1, according to an Aug. 3 statement. The management committee will also be reduced to seven members from eight. Magyar Telekom is a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG.

* Marcin Palkowski is taking over as NETIA SA's chief technology officer, Telecompaper reported Aug. 1, citing Telko.in. Palkowski will succeed Jacek Wisniewski, who is stepping down after an eight-year stint with the Polish operator.