New Board of Directors at M7 Group to accelerate growth plans.
Luxembourg,September 5, 2016, M7 Group SA,the leading Pan-European satellite Pay TV operator controlled by French Private Equity firm Astorg,announces that it has made several changes to its Board to accelerate growthplans.
Marc Antoine d'Halluin has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, Hans Troelstra as CEO and Ernst Jan van Rooijen as CFO. The company, which owns and operates DTH (Direct-to-Home) platforms across Europe with over three million subscribers, aims to further develop its content centric approach focusing on offering the broadest and most appealing linear and on demand content for its customers via multiple media platforms.
Marc Antoine d’Halluin has considerable experience in international programming and content distribution as he spent most of his career with content and platform operators. Prior to joining M7 Group, Marc Antoine held CEO positions at Zodiak Media, Showtime Arabia, Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) in Dubai and Canal+ Nordic. With this background, Marc Antoine will further build on the leading market positions of the M7 brands in their local markets, by adding TV channels and on demand services that on the one hand generate broad public interest and on the other hand anticipates trends and new content developments like e-sports.
Hans Troelstra has worked as Chief Operating Officer of M7 Group over the last 6 years and played a key role in transforming the company from a Benelux satellite platform operator into a multi-territory Pay TV leader with over 3 million subscribers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Czech, Slovakia and Germany. In his new role, Hans will continue to drive the change from a DTH-only platform to a fully hybrid platform. Hans commented: “We have now launched hybrid platforms for all our brands, allowing customers to view the content from whatever device they prefer. On top of that we will focus on improving communications with our customers. With our enormous line up it is not always easy for customers to find programs. An example is the Travel Channel’s series ‘No Reservations’ with Anthony Bourdain undertaking new culinary adventures around the globe. Good content but not well known and hidden in our line up.
Ernst Jan van Rooijen has worked for over 15 years for Tele2 mostly in the capacity of CFO. He had a leading role in various acquisitions, strategic partnerships and divestments. He also played a pivotal role in the recent efforts to acquire the 4G license and finance the network roll out. As CFO of the Group, Ernst Jan is responsible for the overall finance and legal function and will contribute actively in the execution of the growth opportunities of the company, whilst at the same time ensuring all financial objectives will be met.
M7 Group SA, based in Luxembourg, is one of Europe’s largest operators of satellite and IP-based TV platforms. M7 Group uses different brands in different countries: CanalDigitaal and Online.nl in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen in Flanders and TéléSAT in French speaking Belgium, AustriaSat/HD Austria in Austria, Skylink for the Czech and Slovak markets and M7 Deutschland in Germany. All brands offer tailor made packages for clients adapted to the local culture and language in these countries. Today, M7 Group SA provides more than 3 million viewers with hundreds of satellite and IP-based radio and television services in digital and HD quality. Since 2011, M7 Group SA also provides broadband and telephony services to its customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. M7 Platform Services provides broadcasters with end-to-end distribution solutions for DTH, cable and IPTV reception. The European private equity firm Astorg is the majority shareholder of the M7 Group, the two other shareholders are Providence and Airbridge. Astorg has offices in London, Paris and Luxembourg. Established in 1983, Astorg became an independent investment management company in 1998 and has since conducted 38 buyout investments.
For further information, please visit www.m7group.eu.