ProSiebenSat.1 shuffles chiefs

Pan-European group expands board

BERLIN — Pan-European broadcasting group ProSiebenSat.1 is reshuffling management at home and abroad as it expands its executive board and streamlines operations domestically.

Joachim Kosack, co-managing director of the group’s flagship channel Sat.1, will now helm the web on his own.

Sat.1’s other co-managing director, Andreas Bartl, who also heads ProSiebenSat.1’s German TV operations, will now fully focus on his post as chairman of ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland, which encompasses four channels. Bartl has served as co-head of Sat.1 since February 2010.

“Joachim Kosack, as my co-manager, and I have already positioned Sat.1 well in recent months, so I can hand over the broadcaster to him in good faith,” Bartl said.

Bartl said he would concentrate on his duties as German TV chairman, focusing on the strategic development of the unit’s programming portfolio, the co-ordination of its family of channels and finding new opportunities for programming and sales.

In addition, Jochen Ketschau, until now VP German fiction at Sat.1, will replace Kosack as senior VP German fiction at ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland.

Parent group ProSiebenSat.1 also appointed two members to its executive board. Conrad Albert, who has served as general counsel at ProSiebenSat.1 since 2006, will head the newly established department, legal affairs, distribution and governmental and regulatory affairs, while Christian Wegner, who has been at the group in various capacities since 2004, will be in charge of new media and diversification.

Markus Breitenecker, who oversees ProSiebenSat.1’s Austrian operations, will assume responsibility as cluster head for Romania and Hungary.

ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Thomas Ebeling said Breitenecker had built up a very successful business for the group in Austria. “Due to his expertise in this region I consider him the ideal person to head our markets in Central Europe,” he said.

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