Thursday, July 26, 2007

Danish TV executive named Metro CEO

Metro International, publisher of 70 free dailies worldwide, has hired as its new chief executive Per Mikael Jensen, who currently heads Denmark's government-owned broadcasting service, a $355-million-a-year-enterprise. Perhaps more significantly, Jensen was previously Metro's Global Editor-in-Chief. (Jensen is pictured here, screen shot from Denmark's TV2.)

"I am thrilled to re-join Metro International, which I believe is one of the most interesting media companies there is," Jensen says in a press release. "Metro is a young company, with many young and talented employees and strong positions in a number of large advertising markets. It has significant potential to further develop its position."

He replaces Pelle Törnberg, who is scheduled to leave Metro on July 31. Metro International's Chief Operating Officer Chris Spalding will act as interim CEO and Dennis Malamatinas will assume the role of Executive Chairman until Jensen takes over on Nov. 1. The reason for the delay in the transition wasn't immediately known.