Ibarra poised for Sky Italia helm after quitting KPN
Maximo Ibarra has quit as chief executive of KPN, the Dutch telecoms company, amid reports he is to return to Italy to take the helm at Sky Italia, the country's dominant pay-television broadcaster.
Ibarra has only been in the post for two years but will officially leave on 30 September, citing “pressing family reasons” and a move back to Italy to “take up a new executive position,” according to a statement from KPN.
Sky Italia has been without a chief executive since last November when Andrea Zappia stepped up to the newly-created role of chief executive of Sky Continental Europe, and was mandated to lead the search for a successor for the Italian business.
Earlier this month, Marco Patuano, the former head of Telecom Italia and present chief executive of Edizione, the holding company of the Benetton family, appeared to have become the favourite for the post.
There has been restructuring of the management team at the UK-based Sky group since it was acquired by US cable giant Comcast in September of last year.
Zappia reports to Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch, who has stayed on at the company in the wake of the takeover.
Sky Italia has around 5 million subscribers and holds live rights to top soccer properties including Italy’s Serie A and Europe’s Uefa Champions League and Europa League, in money-spinning deals running to the end of the 2020-21 season.