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Acquisition debate for Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom at ANGA COM summit

The second day of this year’s ANGA COM conference and exhibition in Cologne saw the Broadband and Media Summit prompt lively debate amongst panellists, particularly regarding the recently announced Vodafone Deutschland-Unitymedia acquisition. Keely Portway reports

Moderator, Claus Strunz mediated between participants Dr. Manuel Cubero, CCO, Vodafone; Lutz Schüler CEO, Unitymedia; Conrad Albert, deputy CEO and group general council, ProSiebenSat.1 Media; Carsten Schmidt CEO, Sky Deutschland; and Dr. Dirk Wössner, member of the board of management for Germany Deutsche Telekom.

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Changes to Verizon upper management team

Verizon Communications has named Hans E. Vestberg, executive vice president and president of global networks and chief technology officer. Vestberg will succeed Lowell C. McAdam as CEO, effective 1 August 2018. McAdam – who was named CEO on August 1, 2011, and chairman on January 1, 2012 – will serve as executive chairman of the board through his retirement from the company at the end of the year, after which he will become non-executive chairman.

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Prysmian implements new organisation for General Cable integration

Having now completed its acquisition of General Cable, Prysmian Group is launching a new organisation to begin the company’s integration.

Prysmian described the newly created group as a ‘world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry.’ It has global headquarters in Milan and reported sales of more than €11 billion (pro-forma as of 31 December 2017). There are approximately 30,000 employees across 112 plants and 25 research and development centres in more than 50 countries.

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BT Group chief executive steps down

Gavin Patterson, chief executive at BT Group is to step down from his role later this year. The board has begun to the recruitment process for Patterson’s successor, whom the company says is expected to be in place during the second half of 2018. Until then Patterson will remain in the role.

In a statement, chairman, Jan du Plessis said: ‘Gavin has been with BT for just over 14 years and I want to thank him for his contribution to our business during that time, in particular during the almost five years that he has served as chief executive.

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