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SpotX names new European management team

Advertising technology outfit SpotX has named a new European management team following its merger with Smartclip and the departure of that company’s co-founders Jean-Pierre Fumagalli and Roland Schaber, who have decided to move on and pursue new opportunities.

Irina Petricek-Steiner

The new team will comprise Irina Petricek-Steiner, general manager of operations in Europe; Kay Schneider, general manager of demand in Europe; Léon Siotis general manager of supply in Europe; and Thomas Servatius, chief technology officer, European broadcaster solutions.

Petricek-Steiner is moving to SpotX from a role as vice-president, digital advertising and integration at RTL Group. She will direct operations across EMEA, including finance, HR and data, and will also oversee SpotX’s businesses in the German-speaking and Benelux regions led by Oliver Vesper, managing director of SpotX and Smartclip DACH, Thorsten Schütte-Gravelaar, managing director of Smartclip’s addressable TV division; and the newly appointed managing director for SpotX and Smartclip Benelux, Marco Ruivenkamp.

Schneider is promoted from general manager of Smartclip’s programmatic business to general manager of demand, Europe, overseeing all buy-side activities for SpotX.  The managing directors of SpotX and Smartclip in the Nordics, Jonas Rundgren, and Italy, Luca di Cesare, will report directly to him.

Siotis becomes general manager of supply, Europe, leading all supply in Europe, including SpotX’s ad server and programmatic infrastructure including header bidding technology, in addition to leading the teams in France and the UK. He was previously managing director UK and southern Europe.

Servatius, a member of the original Smartclip management board, retains his role as CTO.

Fumagalli and Schaber will remain on board as advisors and employees of the company until the end of 2018.