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Media & Comm moves through March 28: Telekom Malaysia, Dentsu Aegis, ABC

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a monthly rundown of executive and board changes in the Asia-Pacific media and communications industries.

Top news

* Telekom Malaysia appointed Mohammed Shazalli Ramly as managing director and group CEO starting May 1, The Sun Daily reported March 22. The Malaysian telco also appointed executive director and group CFO, Bazlan Osman, as deputy group CEO, effective April 1.

* Dentsu Aegis Network named Jennifer Tang as CEO of its Taiwan operations, Mumbrella Asia reported March 2. The global media company also appointed former ABS-CBN Corp. Chief Digital Officer Donald Lim as CEO of its Philippine operations, effective April 3. According to a March 1 report by The Philippine Star, Lim is replacing Angelito Pangilinan, who will move into the role of nonexecutive chairman.

* Newly appointed Australian Broadcasting Corp. Chairman Justin Milne received government approval to remain on NBN Co Ltd.'s board, but he is expected to give up at least two other board positions, The Australian reported March 24. The state-owned broadcaster will also cut 20% of management positions and see up to 200 jobs eliminated by June, ABC News reported March 7. Savings will be funneled into a A$50 million content fund. Meanwhile, David Anderson was appointed director of ABC Television.

Media industry moves

* Pandora Media Inc. is losing its Australia-New Zealand Managing Director Jane Huxley, Mumbrella reported March 20. Huxley is leaving the company after 4.5 years to pursue other opportunities.

* APN News & Media Ltd. announced a reshuffle of its executives in a March 9 ASX filing. Tony Kendall was promoted to the new role of chief revenue officer, while Rob Atkinson, current CEO of Adshel, replaces Kendall as CEO of Australian Radio Network. Mike Tyquin, former chief commercial officer of Adshel, will replace Atkinson as Adshel CEO overseeing the New Zealand and Australian markets. The appointments take effect in April.

* Alisa Bowen, chief technology officer of News Corp Australia Pty Ltd., is leaving the company to join Walt Disney Co. as senior vice president of digital media. Bowen's position will be filled by Dominic Hatfield, head of technology transformation and shared technology, The Australian reported March 8.

* Japanese cable broadcaster Jupiter Telecommunications Co. Ltd. on March 8 appointed Hirohiko Imura as its new president, effective April 1. Imura is joining from Sumitomo Corp., where he was a managing executive officer. He replaces Toshio Maki, who will serve as a chairman.

* The Australian Radio Network, under a restructuring plan, promoted Deb Clay as national news director, B&T reported March 3. Emily Hoskins will leave the company as her role as news director for Melbourne and Adelaide was subsequently made redundant.

Communications industry moves

* Tencent Holdings Ltd. hired Zhang Tong, former head of Baidu's big-data lab, to preside over its artificial intelligence lab, the South China Morning Post reported March 23, citing a company statement. The Chinese tech giant also appointed Liu Shengyi as chairman of advertising, marketing and global branding, Caixin reported March 24.

* StarHub Ltd. made some changes in its senior leadership team, appointing Chong Yoke Sin, Mock Pak Lum, and Chong Siew Loong to lead the enterprise business group, the business development group and the network engineering division, respectively, The Straits Times reported March 24.

* Baidu Inc.'s artificial intelligence group head Andrew Ng is stepping down, to be replaced by Wang Haifeng, Ng said in a March 21 Medium blog post. The Chinese tech giant also fired Zeng Liang, head of its group-buying unit Nuomi, over alleged violations of the company's ethics standards, Reuters reported March 16, citing a company statement. Zeng will be replaced by Baidu senior vice president Xiang Hailong, the report said.

* ZTE Corp. announced March 14 it will separate the roles of chairman and CEO. Executive Director Yin Yimin will assume the role of chairman from Zhao Xianming, who remains executive director and president of the company.

* Vikas Grover, chief information officer at Vodafone India, is leaving the company, The Economic Times of India reported March 10, citing people familiar with the matter. A Vodafone spokesperson confirmed Grover's exit and added that a replacement will take over soon.

* Jin Lin resigned as vice president of JD Finance, the financial sector of Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, Beijing Business Today reported March 9. Another JD Finance vice president, Ma Ji, will assume Jin's responsibilities, including investment and strategic planning.

* Telstra Corp. Ltd. will require at least 50% of short-listed job candidates to be female, The Australian reported March 8. Under a new policy to address gender imbalance, the Australian telco will extend the advertising period for a job if the shortlist does not contain 50% representation.

* Stefan Krause, former CFO of BMW, was appointed global CFO of Faraday Future, the self-driving car sector of LeEco, Sina News reported March 7.

* Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd. on Feb. 28 appointed NiQ Lai as COO for the residential broadband sector. Lai has been in charge of human resources and finance for the company, and will continue to do so in his new role.