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Spalding out as Fremantle unveils further Asian restructuring

FremantleMedia is further restructuring its operations in Europe and Asia Pacific, with Simon Spalding - the company's regional CEO for Europe and Asia Pacific - departing after six years with the firm.
July 13, 2011

FremantleMedia is further restructuring its operations in Europe and Asia Pacific, with Simon Spalding – the company’s regional CEO for Europe and Asia Pacific – departing after six years with the firm.

No details have been announced for a new job for Spalding. The news comes after the firm earlier this week promoted Ian Hogg, formerly CEO of FremantleMedia Australia, to CEO for Asia Pacific.

Prior to Hogg’s promotion, FremantleMedia’s Asian operations were managed by Spalding and Patrick Schult, the latter of whom gave notice of his intent to leave the company earlier this year to pursue other interests.

In tandem with Spalding’s departure, Monica Galer, Fremantle’s CEO for Northern and Southern Europe and Daniela Matei, CEO for the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe and Balkans, will now both report to FremantleMedia’s chief operating officer Gary Carter. Hogg, meanwhile, reports to Fremantle CEO Tony Cohen.

“This new structure will better enable FremantleMedia to continue developing our business in Europe and Asia Pacific,” said Cohen. “Simon Spalding has played a significant role in structuring, building and expanding our businesses in these regions over the last six years.

“In Australia, India and China he oversaw major growth and development, as well as in Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark where he led the company’s recent acquisitions. He was also instrumental in setting up and establishing our successful licensing division 10 years ago, which now forms a key part of FremantleMedia Enterprises.

“I would like to thank him for the valuable contribution he has made to the company, and I wish him well in his future.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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