Major changes for Modern Times Group

08.17 Europe/London, October 24, 2011 By Chris Dziadul

MTG has reorganised its management and operating structure, appointing Jørgen Madsen as executive VP of Nordic Broadcasting and Andres Nilsson as executive VP of Central European Broadcasting.
Irina Gofman will meanwhile continue in her role as executive VP of Russian and CIS Broadcasting and the central and east European pay-TV channels business.
The nine strong executive management team reporting to group president and CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht will also comprise of Mathias Hermansson (chief financial officer), Martin Lewerth (executive VP of pay-TV and technology), Patrick Svensk (executive VP of content), Marc Zagar (executive VP of finance), Petra Colleen (executive VP of administration), and Laurence Miall-d’Août (executive VP) who is taking maternity leave before returning to a new and yet to be announced role.
All of the executives mentioned above were already members of the executive management team and have worked at MTG for a combined average of 11 years.
MTG’s Nordic pay-TV operations will now be run by Hans Skarplöth, who will report to Jørgen Madsen, whilst the free-TV operations will be run on a country-by-country basis and also report to Jørgen Madsen, with Manfred Aronsson responsible for Sweden, Kim Poder for Denmark and Lasse Kokvik for Norway.
P4 Radio in Norway will also report to Jørgen Madsen.
The emerging market pay-TV operations will similarly be run on an integrated regional basis, with the free-TV and radio operations continuing to be run on a country-by-country basis.
Content acquisition and development will be coordinated across territories and include the appointment of regional managers for the Nordic and Emerging Markets territories.
MTG has also announced the appointment of Joseph Hundah as CEO of the Group’s African television operations, which comprise the Viasat1 free-TV channel in Ghana and the Group’s pay-TV channel operations in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
Hundhah has worked for the South African pay-TV operator M-Net and Supersport (owned by Naspers) since 2001 and been MD of the MultiChoice satellite pay-TV platform in Nigeria since 2008. He will report directly to Hans-Holger Albrecht.
Hein Espen Hattestad, former CEO of MTG Norway, has meanwhile chosen to leave MTG.