Liberty Global is merging its Czech and Slovak cable operations under UPC Slovakia CEO Martin Miller as interim chief executive in a move that it says will strengthen its market position in the two countries and enable it offer customers faster implementation of new products and services.
The current CEO of UPC Czech Republic, Frans-Willem de Kloet, will now take over as CEO of UPC Poland, whose previous CEO, Ramiro Lafarga Brollo, resigned in November.
Miller will serve as CEO of the combined Czech and Slovak companies until a permanent appointment is made.
The merger of the Czech and Slovak units creates Liberty Global’s sencod most important operating unit in the CEE region with a network that covers two million homes, with one million subscribers accessing 1.6 million services.
Severina Pascu, CEO of Liberty Global’s central and eastern European operations, said that she was confident that the integration of the two companies would benefit Liberty Global’s customers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She said it would speed up the process of introducing new services, unify the pair’s business strategies and enable the combined unit to benefit from additional scale.