Having joined Telecom Italia in July, Amos Genish was appointed to the company’s general management team in late September.
Genish’ career has taken him from the Israeli army, where he served as captain, to the management of Vivo, a Brazilian subsidiary of the Spanish Telefonica group. In January this year he joined the French giant Vivendi (Telecom Italia’s majority shareholder since 2016) as Convergence Manager, before being appointed Telecom Italia’s Chief Operating Officer just six months later.
Amos Genish succeeds Flavio Cattaneo, who resigned two months ago after serious disagreements with Vivendi’s management and the Italian government.
Separately, Telecom Italia’s board of directors, most of whom are from Vivendi, has given the green light to a merger with Canal Plus, in discussion since last July. Their aim is to create an Italian version of Canal Plus by setting up a joint venture to acquire broadcasting rights (mainly sport) and to produce high-end TV films. In a statement, the operator believes this partnership will “considerably accelerate the convergence of telecoms and media”. Sources: BFM TV, Telecompaper, Ouest France