Rather than a regional structure, Canal Digital will now be run as a single pan-Nordic organisation. The Telenor-owned company says this will strengthen its ability to quickly deliver on strategic decisions and continue to be successful in a rapidly changing television market.
“We see that the similarities between the viewers in the different markets is greater than the differences. A common denominator is that they have changed their way of consuming television on, compared with before. In order to continue to deliver the best TV experience to our customers, we have now established a joint Nordic organisation, that will be assisted by local operational organisations”, said Ragnar Kårhus, President, Canal Digital in a statement.
John Nordin (Sweden and Finland), Roger von Zernichow (Norway) and Jarl Söderman (Denmark) were all offered positions elsewhere in the company, but have chosen to step down.
Söderman, who has been with Canal Digital for 17 years, says he supports the decision. “The development within the media is now moving with a furious pace and it’s absolutely necessary to act fast and powerful in everything you do. This requires Nordic and impactful solutions together with quick decision making and implementation processes to satisfy the increasingly demanding consumers with both content and the right technical solutions. That’s why I fully support this reorganization, and I firmly believe that this is the right way to go for Canal Digital.
Nordin will remain with Canal Digital for a further six months as acting head of sales.