AMSTERDAM — Nordisk Film managing director Kenneth Plummer will leave Egmont, the Danish media giant he has been with for six years, to become director general of Danish pubcaster Danmarks Radio.
Plummer, who is half-American, half-Danish, will move to his new post Oct. 1.
Egmont CEO Steffen Kragh called Plummer a talented and visionary leader.
Plummer said Egmont was a fantastic company” but that the position as DR topper was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he couldn’t turn down.
Danmarks Radio headhunted Plummer to fill the slot left vacant in 2004 by Christian Nissen, who resigned at year’s end at the request of the board after a 10-year stint.
Plummer has been a mover and shaker at Nordisk since he was brought in as managing director of Egmont Entertainment, the distrib arm of the company. He came in on the crest of a four-year wave of executive resignations that had shaken Nordisk Film to its roots.
An exec shuffle in 2002 put him at the head of Nordisk Film, where he quickly began strengthening the 99-year-old film outfit’s creative output not just in Denmark but across the Nordic region.
Nordisk Film just recently turned in its first strong annual profit report in years, Plummer noted.
Plummer outlined his brief at DR as that of strengthening the TV and radio side.
“It will be a challenge in these very tough competitive times. Viewing shares are in the high 30s but there is no reason they can’t be higher,” he said.
Plummer was head of Mattel in northern Europe before he moved over to Egmont, and had worked at Disney before Mattel.