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Liberty Global cuts CCO in decentralisation

January 15, 2019

Liberty Global is to decentralise as it adjusts to its reduced scale after the Vodafone deal, and one of the first to go is Diederik Karsten, chief commercial officer.

Karsten has been with the company since 2004 as MD of its Dutch operation and EVP of European broadband operations. The company said that its broader reorganisation programme would “decrease management layers and increase efficiency across both central and local operations”.

Liberty plans to make further changes to its central technology and innovation organisation, which will focus on technology, product strategy and leveraging scale through procurement and common platforms.

“I want to thank Diederik for his years of service to Liberty Global. He has been a loyal and valuable member of my senior leadership team and, as chief commercial officer, has helped to ensure that our local operating companies have world class expertise in customer relations and marketing. Our plan is to continue this evolution, bringing key capabilities closer to our customers,” said Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global.

The Vodafone deal, together with the sale of other assets, will leave Liberty with Virgin Media in the UK, its Dutch JV with Vodafone, Belgium’s Telenet, and UPC Poland.

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