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Yesterday β€” July 20th 2018Broadband TV News: People

Quentin Carbonell appointed at FilmStruck

By Robert Briel

Quentin Carbonell has been appointed Director of Content and Editorial for FilmStruck International.

FilmStruck International is the premium movie streaming service which launched this year in the UK, France and Spain as the first three markets of a joint venture between Turner’s Digital Ventures & Innovation group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks, with plans to expand to additional markets in due course.

Carbonell, who takes up his new role with immediate effect, is responsible for defining and executing the overall editorial strategy for the service and leads content acquisition, programming and curation across all regions. He will work closely with the local programming teams, and with the marketing, creative, product and analytics teams to help optimise user acquisition efforts as well as content consumption and discoverability.

His role also includes working closely with existing and potential content partners, overseeing the programming strategy, liaising on content localisation requirements and ensuring an efficient metadata production flow.

Carbonell joins Turner from Mubi where he was responsible for acquisitions and led strategic editorial partnerships, notably with Cannes’ Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. A native of France with a masters in Cinema from the University of Lille, he is fluent in English and also speaks Spanish. He reports in to Kerensa Samanidis, General Manager, International for FilmStruck who joined the service earlier this year.

“Quentin brings to Turner a great track record in digital programming, a deep knowledge of movie content across the full breadth of genres from classic to indie to world cinema and fantastic experience in direct to consumer services, including an understanding of the importance of the user experience, all of which we can’t wait to tap into,” said Samanidis.

Media Broadcast expands executive board

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Klaus Baumhauer is the new chief commercial officer B2B of German technical services provider Media Broadcast.

The 34-year-old replaces Holger Meinzer (41) who is leaving the company by mutual agreement.

James Kessel (39) has been appointed to the executive board as head of product development in the business customers segment.

Baumhauer has been with Media Broadcast since 2008 in various sales and management functions, most recently as head of sales support, for which he will remain responsible as sales manager.

Kessel has been with the company for three years and is currently responsible for B2B product development in the business unit radio.

Meinzer worked at Media Broadcast for more than ten years and was most recently responsible for the segments TV B2B, radio, event and sales.

“James Kessel and Klaus Baumhauer are two long-standing executives from within the company,” said Wolfgang Breuer, CEO of Media Broadcast, in Cologne. “We thank Holger Meinzer for his many years of contributions to the success of our company and wish him all the best for his future career.”

SeaChange promotes Marek Kielczewski

By Chris Dziadul

SeaChange International has promoted Marek Kielczewski to CTO.

Currently based in the company’s engineering centre of excellence in Warsaw, he will join the executive leadership team in the Acton, Mass. headquarters.

Kielczewski joined SeaChange in May 2016 through the acquisition of DCC Labs, where he was the CEO. He was previously director at software developer 7bulls and COO at Sentivision.

Since joining SeaChange, Kielczewski has been responsible for the company’s global engineering spanning all product lines: content management, back-office, client and set top box and advertising. He has overseen the successful launch of several new innovations and offerings by SeaChange.

Commenting on Kielczewski’s promotion, Ed Terino, CEO, SeaChange International, said: “Marek is inspiring and passionate about building end-to-end video delivery and management platforms for live, linear, VOD and time-shifted video. He will be a great addition to our C-Suite, helping us to continue equipping video providers with a comprehensive set of solutions for video management and personalisation”.

Meanwhile, Jon Rider, SeaChange’s COO, has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Terino added: “We are thankful for Jon’s leadership and guidance during his tenure as CIO and COO, and wish him well in future endeavours”.

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Rosa Maria Mateo to head Spain’s RTVE

By Chris Dziadul

The Spanish government has proposed Rosa Maria Mateo as the temporary head of the public broadcaster RTVE.

According to El Economista, she will remain in the role until a new board of directors is elected by competition.

The move follows the failure of Tomas Fernando Flores, a journalist and director of Radio 3, to secure a majority vote in the Congress of Deputies making him the head of RTVE.

Mateo, also a journalist, has spent most her career, which spans several decades, at RTVE.

She worked on La2 when it was a UHF channel, and also at one stage presented the news on the private station Antena 3.

Discovery extends David Zaslav contract

By Chris Dziadul

Discovery has extended the employment contract of its president and CEO David Zaslav until the end of 2023.

Commenting on the development, Robert Miron, chairman of Discovery’s board of directors, said: “A dynamic, creative, and passionate leader, David is a builder and an innovator, laser focused on creating value. This multi-year commitment affirms our confidence in David’s leadership, and on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we are excited for David and his strong management team to drive further success and growth in this next chapter of the new Discovery.”

John Malone, Discovery director and chairman, Liberty Media Corporation and Liberty Global, Inc., added: “David has done a masterful job leading and growing Discovery over the last decade. He is a visionary, a strategic builder and all around great guy. Under David’s leadership, Discovery has scaled new heights becoming the leader in sports across Europe, building the leading global IP portfolio of high quality content, and positioning Discovery for continued global growth. We are lucky to have him.”

The term of employment continues to make Zaslav a significant, long-term shareholder in Discovery. He has committed to hold the majority of his equity from stock grants to term, furthering the alignment of shareholder and management interests.

Zaslav said: “I am thrilled. Leading Discovery is my dream job. I would like to thank Discovery’s board of directors, fantastic management team, business partners, and all of our passionate super fans around the world for helping to make Discovery the unparalleled company it is today. Together, we are building something special. The new Discovery has the leading IP portfolio of beloved brands in the world, reaching viewers globally on every screen and service. Being at Discovery for the past 11 years has been the privilege of my career. I am confident our brand strength, global platform and marketplace differentiation will ensure that Discovery continues to grow and deliver value to our viewers, partners and shareholders for many years to come.”

Zaslav joined Discovery as president and chief executive in 2007, following a distinguished career at NBCUniversal.

Marco Kraft joins Riedel from Salzbrenner

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Riedel Communications has appointed Marco Kraft as head of sales for Germany.

In his new role, Kraft will manage the company’s sales and rental businesses serving the German broadcast and AV markets, reporting directly to Jens Miedek, sales director at Riedel.

“Marco is an outstanding addition to our sales organisation. He has shaped established companies in the industry, both operationally and strategically, and his deep experience and leadership skills are a powerful asset,” said Miedek. “Plus, Marco knows the requirements of the ever-changing broadcast and AV world very well. With his proven expertise, he will continue to drive opportunities in the German market and take our business to new levels.”

Kraft previously spent several years as sales manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as Southern and Eastern Europe at Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup where he was responsible for the audio solutions and systems business. Other previous positions include sales manager for network management systems at Dimetis and general sales manager for Central and Eastern Europe at JVC Professional.

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes real-time video, audio, data and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theatre and security applications. The German company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fibre backbones and wireless signal transmission systems. Riedel employs over 500 people in 19 locations throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas.

Andreas Elsner, Nicolas Mahler to join Telekom Romania

By Chris Dziadul

Andreas Elsner has been appointed chief residential marketing and national sales officer at Telekom Romania, effective September 1.

Business Review reports that he will come from Makedonski Telekom, where he held the position of CEO and a member of the board of directors, and replace Frantisek Mala.

At the same time, Nicolas Mahler has been appointed CFO at Telekom Romania, effective August 1. Mahler is currently the SVP business management and a member of the executive board at Deutsche Telekom Services.

He will take over the role held by Anastasio Tzoulas, who will leave the Deutsch Telekom group.

Marco Ruivenkamp appointed MD SpotX Benelux

By Robert Briel

SpotX has appointed Marco Ruivenkamp to the role of Managing Director of SpotX and smartclip, Benelux.

Ruivenkamp brings more than 20 years of experience and will play a key role in moving the merger of the two companies forward and the continued growth of SpotX in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. With the appointment of Ruivenkamp, SpotX and smartclip strengthen its worldwide position as a specialist in the field of programmatic video advertising.

Ruivenkamp was previously responsible for the growth of mobile video platform LoopMe and in charge of all digital and programmatic activities at media agency MEC. In addition, he has held various international management positions at, among others, TURN, Tapps, and Yahoo.

“Marco is a manager with a strong focus on relationships and he has a lot of knowledge of data, media, and technology,” said Mike Shehan, CEO and co-founder at SpotX.

“Because of his international background in programmatic advertising, and in particular his knowledge of the buyers and the agency landscape, he is the right person to serve the customers of SpotX and smartclip in several ways besides offering the best tools for programmatic trading of video on cross-screen devices.”

The appointment of Ruivenkamp is related to the merger of SpotX and smartclip and more investment in the continued roll-out of advertising technology solutions and services in the Benelux region, staff expansion, and customer retention.

“SpotX has made great strides in recent years with all major Dutch broadcasters amongst its clientele. Besides offering the best technologies, both SpotX and smartclip stand out for their strong counsel and good account management. I am proud that I can now play a role in this,” added Marco Ruivenkamp, managing director, SpotX and smartclip for Benelux.

“Together with the team, I am fully committed to both the proactive management of supply and the facilitation of demand. I am very much looking forward to contributing to the continued expansion of SpotX and smartclip in the Benelux.”

SpotX’s former MD for the region, Elwin Gastelaars, has moved to a role as Head of Europe for SpotX’s Advanced Solutions Group reporting into , SVP Advanced Solutions Group.

Giuliano Giogetti to head Eleven Sports in Italy

By Chris Dziadul

Eleven Sports has announced the appointment of Giuliano Giorgetti as MD for Italy, effective immediately.

Giorgetti spent 17 years in the football industry working for AC and Inter Milan. At AC Milan he digitally transformed the club with a special focus on content strategy, user experience, social media, and marketing.

At Inter Milan he led the digital revolution, helping to turn the club into a modern entertainment business by managing the re-brand of the club’s TV channel. He was also responsible for digital partnerships, media rights and fan acquisition across social and owned media platforms.

As well as his role at Eleven Sports Italy, Giorgetti will also act as head of digital and
commercial partnerships at the leading global investment company and Eleven Sports’’ parent company, Aser. He will offer his expertise in helping Aser become a leading global media innovator in content creation and distribution.

Giorgetti will report directly to Eleven Sports Group MD, Danny Menken and Aser MD Marco Pistoni.

Commenting on the appointment, Menken said: “Since we entered the Italian market following our acquisition of Sportube last year, we have made great strides with our rights acquisitions, distribution and popularity amongst the fans. Giuliano’s knowledge and experience of the Italian sports media industry makes him the perfect person to lead our team in Italy as we look to continue our progression.”

Giorgetti, added: “I am extremely excited to take on two such interesting roles in a dynamic and fast moving organisation. Eleven Sports has made remarkable progress in Italy, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. I am looking forward to applying my skills that I have developed over nearly two decades in the sports and media sectors to help drive innovation and change. We are open to every opportunity in this moment where the scenario changes rapidly.”

Former Eleven Sports Italy MD Bruno Stirparo will stay as an advisor.

Octavian Rau to head Moldovan regulator

By Chris Dziadul

Octavian Rau has been appointed the new director of the Moldovan regulator ANRCETI.

According to ANRCETI, he was presented to its employees by Chiril Gaburici, the country’s minister of economy and infrastructure.

Gaburici wished Rau great success and insisted on constructive collaboration between the ministry and ANRCETI because the IT sector is becoming increasingly attractive to investors and is up 9% from last year.

Furthermore, as a share of GDP it has reached 6.6% and is growing.

Moritz Pohl to drive RTL’s VOD business

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Moritz Pohl will become head of video-on-demand content (VOD) at RTL interactive, a company part of German commercial broadcast group Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, from October 1, 2018.

In the newly created function, the 43-year-old is to expand the TV Now streaming platform, both with original productions and purchased exclusive and non-exclusive content.

Pohl is currently head of programme management at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), the Berlin-based regional affiliate of public broadcaster ARD, where, in addition to programme planning, he is responsible for programme management, on-air marketing and programme-accompanying services including RBB’s catch-up portal.

Prior to that, he held various positions at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, where he was head of strategic programme planning until March 2015.

Killane named EBU deputy director Sport

By Julian Clover

Glen Killane has been appointed to the new role of Deputy Director of Sport at the EBU.

Killane was most recently managing director of Eir Sport and Eir Television in Ireland.

He has over 14 years of experience at board level in the media and sports industry. He started his career at RTÉ Sport in 1996 and became Deputy Editor of Sport in 2002, after two years of working for ITV Sport in London.

Glen was RTÉ’s youngest ever Head of Sport when he was appointed in 2004 and spent six years in the role before becoming Manager Director of RTÉ Television, a position he held until 2016 when he moved to Eir.

He said: “I’m very proud to be joining EBU Sport at such an exciting time. The World Cup in Russia is the most recent example of how public service media and sport are intertwined, delivering huge audiences free-to-air and a shared viewer experience that unites the nation. The EBU plays a critical role in sustaining this so I am really excited to be part of its future.”

Glen has excellent knowledge of the EBU and its Members, having served as Vice Chair of the Sport Committee and President of the TV Committee. He will report into Director of Sport Stefan Kürten and will lead the implementation of the EBU’s new sport strategy.

The EBU is currently looking to expand its sports portfolio and widen the scope of rights held.

Kürten added: “It is with great warmth that we welcome Glen to the EBU. His wealth of experience in delivering innovative and positive change and building relationships with stakeholders across Europe, make him the ideal person to help build on our excellent reputation and drive us into the future, with our new strategy and new way of working.”

The changes are part of a wider strategic and structural reshaping of the EBU’s Sport Department which includes the appointment of Franck Choquard, formerly Eurovision Media Services Head of Products and Marketing, as Head of Content and Servicing, focusing on 360° content solutions for EBU sport properties.

Wright to head culture department

By Julian Clover

Jeremy Wright has been named as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport.

He takes over the culture department from Matt Hancock, who has been promoted to Health Secretary in Prime Minister Theresa May’s reshuffle sparked by the resignation of her Foreign and Brexit secretaries.

The MP for Kenilworth and Southam will become the third culture secretary to handle the proposed Fox-Sky merger since its initiation in March 2017 with UK government approval expected to be given this week.

Eleven Sports recruits Pedro Pinto

By Chris Dziadul

Pedro Pinto has joined Eleven Sports as non-executive director in Portugal.

A former director of communications at UEFA and sport correspondent and presenter for CNN, he will front the UEFA Champions League shows, whilst managing relationships with key media, rights holders and influencers and aiding production in Portugal.

Commenting on the appointment, Danny Menken, group MD, Eleven Sports, said: “Pedro’s experience in and knowledge of both the Portuguese and international sports market ensures he is the right person to help us build our Portuguese operations as non-executive director. At the same time, as Eleven Sports is establishing itself as the leading player in the sports media market in Portugal, having Pedro as the key anchor for our UEFA Champions League programming will ensure a fresh, fan-centric content offering to the fans”.

Pinto added: “Eleven Sports is taking sports entertainment to a whole new level in Portugal and I’m excited to be part of that journey.

“Before a football has even been kicked, Eleven has positioned itself as a leading player, promising to bring sport back to the fans”.

Pinto will start in his new role on July 16 and work closely with Menken.

Sam Chisholm dies, aged 78

By Julian Clover

The man who headed Sky Television through its merger with British Satellite Broadcasting has died.

Sam Chisholm, who was also a former head of Australia’s Nine Network, was 78.

The New Zealander spent 15 years at Nine, where he was appointed chief executive in 1975, at the age of 35.

Chisholm became chief executive of Sky in 1989 at the launch of the then four-channel service. His period in charge came amidst heavy bidding for sports and movie rights with its more pedestrian rival that brought owners News Corp to the brink. Sky emerged as BSkyB with Chisholm’s brash management style leading the merged company.

He retired in 1997, but remained on the board for another two years.

85 jobs go as RTL Nederland restructures

By Robert Briel

RTL Nederland has unveiled its new organisational structure resulting from its new, so-called Fan-Centric growth strategy with 85 full-time posts facing redundancy.

As a result, there will be fewer layers of management and some departments are being centralised to pool expertise. In addition, some new departments are being set up to deploy the strategy, particularly with respect to data, marketing and technology. On top of this restructuring, the company anticipates further redundancies during the first half of 2019.

“We need the new organisational structure so that we can swiftly implement our fan-centric growth strategy. Its aims are to further stimulate collaboration, provide fresh knowledge and new skills with the space these need to thrive and build brands that meet the real needs of viewers, followers and users,” said RTL Nederland CEO Sven Sauvé.

“The tremendous growth currently experienced by Videoland is a clear indication that we’re making the right choices. The restructuring is necessary to make us even more agile and to sharpen our focus throughout the entire company. At the same time, we’re going to invest even more in content, creativity, data and technology.” Sauvé goes on: “Over the past few days, we’ve informed everyone about the staff-related consequences of this transformation. RTL [Nederland] is a tight-knit team, so saying goodbye to people hurts, but we know it’s also necessary.

“As a local media business, we harbour great ambitions regarding both linear viewing and the digital domain. To achieve this ambition, as an organisation we need to focus and be flexible enough to seize new opportunities quickly. In a constantly shifting media landscape, our objective is clear: to stand out by telling stories of key interest to everyone in the Netherlands, stories that touch people’s hearts and minds. And I believe that we’re the best at doing this, because we focus 100 per cent on the needs and motivations of Dutch consumers.”

The new organisational structure will comprise five business units:
– Business to Consumer, focusing on growing centralised video-on-demand activities (Videoland and RTL XL);
– Programming & Marketing, focusing on effectively programming and marketing content across all platforms, channels and other outlets;
– Content & Production, focusing on the development, purchase and production of the best content for Dutch viewers and followers;
– Technology, which will be responsible for all technological processes and services; and
– Business to Business, focusing on matching advertisers’ demands to consumers’ needs.

Matthias Scholten, the current Chief Content Officer, will resign from the management and lead the company’s creative unit.

“I enjoyed being a member of the management team for nine years, but creativity is my life blood. I want to do less managing and more creating! Fortunately, I can do this at RTL [Nederland], because here there are endless possibilities for developing new creative concepts, both on TV and in the digital domain. So as from 1 August I’ll be back getting my hands dirty again”, said Matthias Scholten.

Lucien Brouwer, the current Chief Consumer Officer, will assume Matthias Scholten’s role until the end of the year.

In addition to carrying out its structural reorganisation, RTL Nederland intends to invest tens of millions of euros over the coming years in content, data analysis, technology and marketing to implement its fan-centric growth strategy.

The works council has approved the plans and a social plan has been agreed with the trade unions. The new organisational structure will take effect on 1 August 2018.

Sky’s Martyn Lee takes new DVB position

By Chris Dziadul

The Steering Board of the DVB Project has confirmed Martyn Lee of Sky as the new chair of its Commercial Module.

He replaces Graham Mills, who stepped down earlier this year having been in the role since the module’s first meeting in January 1997.

Lee has been active within DVB for 20 years and also represents Sky at various other industry organisations and bodies on standards, spectrum, business and regulatory issues.

Commenting on the appointment, Peter MacAvock, chair of DVB, said: “Martyn Lee will lead a Commercial Module that has a highly successful track record when it comes to ensuring the usefulness and relevance of DVB’s specifications for the market.

“In replacing Graham Mills, he takes the wheel of a well-oiled machine that nevertheless has some important challenges ahead, not least in finalising Commercial Requirements for DVB-I.”

Lee’s appointment coincides with several other leadership announcements within the CM’s working groups. Jason Power of Dolby has become chair of the CM-AVC group, with Jan Outters of Samsung as vice-chair. The CM-I group is now chaired by Peter Lanigan of TP Vision, with Qualcomm’s Thomas Stockhammer as vice-chair.

Finally, a new working group focused on DVB’s stewardship of the SAT>IP specification, CM-HB (Home Broadcast), will be chaired by Nghia Pham of Eutelsat, with Gilles Gautier of Rabbit Labs as vice-chair.

The vice-chair of the Commercial Module is Ralf Schaefer of Technicolor.

New Sony role for John Rossiter

By Chris Dziadul

John Rossiter has become the EVP – Distribution and Networks CEEMA at Sony Pictures Entertainment, effective this month.

Rossiter has been the general manager at Sony Pictures Television Networks from August 2011 until the present, overseeing SPT Networks TV channels across Central Europe, responsible for four brands in 14 territories.

Prior to that, he was senior VP operations and development at HBO from January 2004 until July 2011.

Earlier still, he held positions at Sony Pictures Television International, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Television International and Lonmin.

Rossiter was also a board member at CTAM Europe from 2007-2011.

Enrique Rodriguez joins Liberty Global

By Chris Dziadul

Liberty Global has appointed Enrique Rodriguez as its executive VP and CTO.

The former CEO of TiVo, he will take up his new role in late July.

Commenting on the appointment, Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, said: “Enrique is a seasoned executive who will hit the ground running on day one. In today’s technology environment the best CTOs have worked across sectors, platforms and geographies. Enrique has C-level experience as an engineer, software developer and operator. He has managed multi-billion dollar businesses for companies like AT&T, Microsoft, Cisco and Thomson, and has a long history in digital television as well as the European broadband sector. As head of Microsoft’s Connected TV business, he launched IPTV solutions for telecommunication companies around the world, including many of our competitors. More recently, at AT&T, he was responsible for the teams that developed and launched DIRECTV’s successful OTT service, DIRECTV Now. I’m particularly excited to tap into Enrique’s knowledge of video products and platforms as we ramp up innovation in our TV business. He’s the right leader at the right time for Liberty Global.”

Rodriguez will lead Liberty Global’s Technology & Innovation (T&I) team of more than 7,500 employees, with an annual operating and capital budget of more than $5 billion.

He said: “This is an exciting time to join Liberty Global. It is one of the few companies in our sector with international scale, a long-term commitment to technology leadership, and a track record of consistent growth and value creation. Mike and his team are first class operators and I look forward to accelerating product innovation and building the network capacity that European consumers want and demand.”

Baptiest Coopmans, who has served as acting CTO since January, will remain with the company to ensure a seamless transition for Rodriguez and will assume the position of senior VP, operations.

Fries continued: “I want to thank Baptiest for his leadership as interim CTO since we appointed Balan Nair to lead Liberty Global Latin America in January. You can’t stand still in today’s TV and broadband marketplace and thanks to Baptiest, we’ve successfully marched forward. He will continue to report to me as our senior VP of operations focused on helping me optimise our organisational model and operational effectiveness.”

Dan StrΓΆmberg to head Telia Lithuania

By Chris Dziadul

Dan Strömberg has been appointed the new CEO of Telia Lietuva (Lithuania), effective July 4.

He has replaced Kestutis Sliuzas, who has left the post and decided to face new challenges

Commenting on the appointment, Strömberg said: “I am happy and I am eager to take on this challenge and return to Lithuania, where I’ve spent some years before. I really enjoy this country and I believe that in our activities we have many untapped digitisation, service integration and technological innovation opportunities that will make our clients’ life easier and more comfortable”.

Sliuzas said: “For me it has been a dynamic, successful and very interesting five years. We implemented a very important cultural change and started the digital transformation that needs to be continued. The business is moving in the right direction and has a lot of potential in the future. It is believed that 4-5 years is the optimal period for a leader, so I decided to take on new ideas and challenges, because I am sure that the rapid development of Telia Lietuva will continue. Thank you very much to the team, to all our customers and partners”.

Henriette Wendt, chairman of Telia Lietuva’s board, continued: “I would like to warmly congratulate Dan Strömberg and at the same time thank Kestutis Sliuzas and his team for their achievements. The company’s finances and brand are as strong as ever. Our customers really appreciated last year’s unique offer of Telia One for the first time on the market. The company has successfully rebuilt and most of the two business combinations have already been implemented. In Lithuania, Kestutis Sliuzas helped to replace Telia with a truly modern company, which under his leadership made several important steps towards the digital era. His achievements have laid a solid foundation for the next stage of development and digitisation, along with the whole Telia Company.

“I am convinced that Dan Strömberg’s experience in Estonia will be well utilised to further develop Telia’s digitisation efforts and ensure our position as an innovative company”.

Strömberg was most recently head of Telia Eesti, prior to which, between 2013-15, he headed Omnitel in Lithuania.

He was head of Telia’s broadband business between 2009-12 and has accumulated over 25 years experience working for Telia.