New commercial director for Orion Express

orion expressRussian pay TV operator Orion Express has named Sergey Stavropoltsev, until recently the acting CEO of pay TV leader Tricolor TV, as commercial director.

Stavropoltsev’s appointment follows the departure from Orion Express of the previous commercial director, Sergey Rozov.

Stavropoltsev served as chief executive of Tricolor TV between February and July, having previously worked as commercial director at the pay TV giant. He was then named as deputy CEO of pay TV operator Ricord TV, whose 40,000 customers were acquired by Orion Express earlier this month after Ricord failed to secure a broadcasting licence from regulator Roskomnadzor.

Also earlier this month, Orion Express named Kirill Makhnovskiy as its new CEO, succeeding Aleksander Kaplinsky.