Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ.) (‘MTG’ or ‘the Group’), the international entertainment broadcasting group, today announced the appointment of Jørgen Madsen as Group President and CEO with effect from 15 September 2012. The appointment follows the resignation of Hans-Holger Albrecht, who will leave MTG in September to become President and CEO of Millicom International Cellular S.A. (‘Millicom’), the Nasdaq OMX listed global telecommunications group.
Jørgen Madsen has been a member of the Group’s executive management team since 2000 and was appointed as Executive Vice President of MTG’s Nordic Broadcasting operations in October 2011, after having served as CEO of the Group’s Danish operations and Group Head of Sport since 2002. Jørgen was also Chairman of the Board of TV Prima in the Czech Republic between January 2008 and October 2011, and was responsible for overseeing the Group’s Hungarian operations from 2010 to 2011. Jørgen joined MTG, then a subsidiary of Investment AB Kinnevik (‘Kinnevik’), in 1994 and held various positions including Head of Sponsorship for TV3, Head of Viasat Sport in Denmark and Head of Viasat Sport for the Nordic region.
Hans-Holger Albrecht has served as MTG President and CEO since August 2000, prior to which he was Chief Operating Officer of MTG from May 2000. Hans-Holger joined the Group in 1997 and held various positions including Head of the Group’s Pay-TV operations and then President of Viasat Broadcasting. Hans-Holger has been co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTC Media, Inc., of which MTG is the largest shareholder, since 2003 and will continue in this role. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Millicom, from which he will step down with immediate effect, and of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
David Chance, Chairman of MTG’s Board of Directors, commented: “I would like to welcome Jørgen to his new role within MTG. He has proven himself over many years at MTG to be an inspirational leader and excellent manager of a number of our operations, as well as a valued member of the Group’s senior management team. He takes over at a key time in the Group’s development as MTG pioneers new broadcasting technologies and expands into new markets. Continuity is critical to the Group’s ongoing success, which is why succession planning is part and parcel of our daily work, and has enabled us to promote such a strong internal candidate into this role. The Board and I look forward to working with Jørgen going forward.”
“The Board and I would also like to thank Hans-Holger for his huge contribution to the development and expansion of MTG over the past almost 12 years, as one of the longest serving and most successful CEOs in the industry. He has been instrumental in the Group’s rapid growth and the creation of an industry leading broadcaster with a unique geographical reach, balanced mix of pay and free-TV revenues, and strong financial position. Under his leadership, MTG’s sales have tripled since 2000 to SEK 13.5 billion in 2011, while the Group’s market capitalisation has increased to over SEK 21 billion with a low net debt level, and an additional SEK 7 billion has been distributed to shareholders in the form of equity or cash dividends and share buy-backs. Hans-Holger has not only managed the business through considerable change, but also created a lot of that change through a clear and accurate vision of the Group’s future potential. We wish him well at Millicom.”
Jørgen Madsen commented: “I am excited by my new role and grateful to the Board for this opportunity. MTG is a great company with a strong culture and tradition of constant innovation. Our channels are now available in 36 countries spanning four continents, which is quite a platform on which to build, as we focus on further enhancing our content offering, embracing new technologies, and expanding into new markets.”
Hans-Holger Albrecht commented: “I have greatly enjoyed my time at MTG and feel privileged to have worked with so many talented and dedicated people down the years. We benefitted from setting a clear course with long term goals and have remained true to that, which has enabled us to consistently outperform and create sustainable value. I am proud of what we have achieved as a team and of the building blocks we have put in place. MTG is a fantastic business and I wish the Group and all of my colleagues the very best for the future.”