People: Central European Media Enterprises Ltd (CETV.O)
Mr. Duco Sickinghe is Independent Director of Central European Media Enterprises Ltd., since October 2008. From 2001 to March 2013 he was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Telenet Group Holding N.V. (“Telenet”), the Flemish cable operator. Mr. Sickinghe has worked in the technology and media industries for over 25 years, and began his career in finance with Hewlett-Packard at its European headquarters in Switzerland in 1987. In 1987, Mr. Sickinghe moved to Germany to head up Hewlett-Packard's LaserJet product line for Europe, and in 1989 became the company's Channel Development Manager for Europe. In 1991, Mr. Sickinghe joined NeXT Computer as Vice President Marketing, then as General Manager France. Mr. Sickinghe was a co-founder of Software Direct in 1994 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 1997. Software Direct later became a joint venture with Hachette Distributions Services. Mr. Sickinghe joined Wolter-Kluwer Professional Publishing in 1997 and, as General Manager of Kluwer Publishing in The Netherlands, oversaw its transition to electronic media and reengineered the company’s traditional business. In early 2001, he joined Cable Partners Europe and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Telenet in the summer of 2001. Mr. Sickinghe is also a member of the Board of Directors of European Assets Trust (United Kingdom) and Chairman of the Board of B.V. Belegging en Handelmaatschappij van Eeghen (The Netherlands), and served as a director of Zenitel NV from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Sickinghe holds a Dutch Master’s Degree in law and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
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