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M7 Group appoints Frederic Berardi as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board


M7 Group, one of Europe’s leading pay TV providers serving over 3 million subscribers across 8 European markets and owned by CANAL+ Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Frederic Berardi as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Member of the Board. Frederic will replace Ernst Jan van Rooijen who will take up the position of CFO and Member of the Board at CANAL+ Poland.  

Frederic looks back at a career of over 25 years, including a long-standing period in the media and telco industry. Over the last 11 years Frederic held various CFO/COO/CEO positions at CANAL+ International in Poland, Vietnam, Senegal and now Luxembourg. Prior to this, Frederic held CFO positions for Millicom International Cellular and Imperial Tobacco Group.

In his most recent roles as CFO CANAL+ Poland and CEO Kino Swiat (a CANAL+ cinema distribution company), Frederic played an instrumental role in premium content acquisition, production and distribution (sport and non-sport), as well as in the field of editing premium and thematic channels. As CFO at CANAL+ Poland Frederic also supported the launch of the CANAL+ Sports channels for Skylink, the M7 platform for the Czech and Slovak markets.

Hans Troelstra, CEO M7 Group comments: “I am very happy to have Frederic on board, adding tremendous content experience and knowledge build up during his career at various CANAL+ entities. This will be of great value for our ongoing transition from DTH operator to Pay TV and sVOD provider in the various European markets we serve.”

Frederic adds: “I am very excited to take on this new role and support M7 at its evolution into a premium content and streaming provider with a strong European appeal. I am confident that with this transformation M7 will further strengthen its competitive position and provide its subscribers with an enriched content and entertainment proposition.”

M7 Group is brand of Canal+ Luxembourg S. à r.l., a CANAL+ Group company, one of Europe’s largest operators of satellite and IP-based TV platforms based in Luxembourg.. M7 Group uses different brands in different countries: Skylink and freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Canal Digitaal in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen and TeleSat in Belgium, HD Austria in Austria, Direct One in Hungary and Focus Sat in Romania. All brands offer tailor made packages for clients adapted to the local culture and language in these countries. Today, M7 Group provides more than 3 million subscribers with hundreds of satellite and IP-based radio and television services, as well as a rapidly growing premium SVOD offering. Since 2011, M7 Group 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.