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Liberty shakes up CEE

US cable giant Liberty Global has restructured its Central and Eastern European (CEE) management, appointing a new MD for the entire region.

Betzalel Kenigsztein, currently MD of UPC Hungary, will take up the new role August 15, reporting to Diederik Karsten, exec VP of Liberty Global’s European broadband operations.

The Liberty Global group has “significantly grown in size, requiring a further rebalancing of its management structure,” since acquiring UK cable company Virgin Media earlier this year for £15bn (US$23.3bn), the company said.

The change brings the firm’s operations in countries including Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and its DTH activities in CEE into Kenigsztein’s remit.

Severina Pascu, MD of UPC Romania, will add Kenigsztein’s former duties in Hungary to her current responsibilities. UPC Hungary is the largest cable TV operator in the country and UPC Romania is the second-largest cable operator in Romania.

Kenigsztein joined Liberty in 2004 as chief technology officer for UPC Netherlands and was appointed CEO of UPC Hungary in 2009. Before UPC he held a range of senior management positions in the Israeli cable industry.

Pascu was appointed MD of UPC Romania in 2011, having been chief financial officer there since 2008.

More changes are likely, with Liberty Global said to be considering selling of its Chellomedia cable channels group, and following the recent departure of Susan Elkington, long-serving exec VP of content development and acquisitions.


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