CME founder steps down

March 14, 2014 23.39 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Ronald LauderRonald S. Lauder, the non-executive chairman of the board of directors and one of the founders of CME, has resigned from the company’s board.

Lauder was instrumental in helping bring independent TV to Central and Eastern Europe, with Czech TV Nova, launched in 1994, being one of the first national commercial services in the region.

He served as the non-executive chairman of the company’s board of directors for the last 20 years.

In a joint statement Michael Del Nin and Christoph Mainusch, co-CEOs of CME said: “Over his illustrious career, Ronald has fostered the development of independent broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe. Because of this, great entertainment and news programming has been able to flourish in these markets. We would like to acknowledge his foresight and initiative in working closely with so many in a part of the world he holds so close, to make his vision a reality.”

Lauder said: “I’m honoured to have played a part in the development of independent commercial television in Central and Eastern Europe. I could not have accomplished so much without the hard work and dedication of everyone at CME over the last 20 years. And most importantly, the success of our stations would not have been possible without the support of our viewers across the region.”