Board of Directors


CTAM Europe’s Board of Directors provides vast leadership & industry experience to the organisation.

Without their ongoing support and strategic guidance CTAM Europe would not be where it is today. Please meet our Board of Directors:

Louise Cottrell

CTAME Co-Chair. SVP Affiliate Partnerships, AMC Networks International – UK

Louise joined AMC Networks International UK’s (formerly Chello Zone) affiliate sales department in 2003 and is currently responsible for overseeing and managing channel sales and channel development for a large portfolio of AMCNI channel brands across Middle East, Africa, Poland, Israel and Turkey.

Prior to AMCNI, Louise spent seven years at Travel Channel as Head of Affiliate Sales and Marketing, joining the company at its launch in 1994. She also enjoyed a marketing career within The Economist’s Intelligence Unit.

Louise graduated from the University of London with a degree in Economics and Politics, and also achieved a CIM diploma in Marketing.

Lukas Kernell

CTAME Co-Chair. Vice President of Content, Liberty Global

Lukas Kernell has been working with Liberty Global since 2003. As Vice President of Content, Lukas is responsible for maintaining LG’s relationships with its content partners. During his tenure with LG, Lukas has also fulfilled various roles at Chello Media, LG’s former content and broadcast services division.

Prior to joining LG he has been employed by Stokvis-Niehe Producties, a subsidiary of Endemol, overseeing its initiatives in the new media space. At RTL, the largest commercial broadcaster in The Netherlands, Lukas was responsible for Business Development at iMedia, the “new media” unit of RTL. As General Counsel and VP Business Development at @Home Benelux, Lukas was instrumental in establishing and operating the joint venture between several Dutch cable operators, Intel and At Home Network.

With over 20 years’ experience in the television, internet and cable industry in various roles, Lukas continues to be fascinated by the ever developing worlds of media and technology. Lukas holds a law degree from the University of Maastricht and lives in Amsterdam with his wife Lynda and their son, Olivier.

Marco Frazier

Founder & CEO, Screen+

Marco is a forward looking Executive who blends extensive Media Industry experience with deep market insights and has always believed in the power of storytelling to educate and mobilize.

He has helped keep Media Companies from ESPN to AMC at the forefront of content and platform innovation, audience engagement, and value creation. He has had the pleasure of collaborating with the environmentalist and activist Robert Redford through the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance TV, as well as political reformer and conservationist Senator Alan Cranston, both in the US Senate and at the Global Security Institute.

Marco is currently the Founder and MD of Screen+, a Media Consultancy, as well as a Partner of Planet Positive Ventures, which is a venture capital think tank and investment advisory firm founded by industry veterans to address humanity’s most pressing needs and its symbiotic existence with Nature.

Pablo Guaglianone

SVP, Global Sales, Home Networks, Vantiva

Pablo Guaglianone is Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Home Networks for Vantiva. He is responsible for driving sales of Vantiva solutions to Service Providers Worldwide, that make communication faster, easier and more efficient for today’s always-on world. This includes solutions for ultrabroadband data, IP video delivery across multiscreen environments, Wireless and Wireline Connectivity Solutions, and the complete home ecosystem.

He joined CommScope in 2019, with the acquisition of ARRIS. Starting in the mobile networks division of Motorola in 1995 in South America, he then moved to the UK in 2003 and later to Spain in 2007, where he currently lives. During his tenure in Motorola and ARRIS he held a number of positions including program management, business development, account management and sales. Prior to Motorola, he was a Consultant with Accenture in Argentina.

Pablo holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from ITBA in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Matthias Hamel

CTAM Europe Board Member. Partner, Altman Solon.

Matthias Hamel focuses on strategy advice of European and Global telecommunication companies and their shareholders. He works with integrated telcos as well as fiber, mobile / 5G and cable companies. He supports data centers, cloud / SaaS providers and enterprise software / ERP players.

Matthias regularly advises investment committees of worldwide leading infrastructure and buy-out investors, as well as shareholders and board members of leading telco players. His functional focus is on the development of product portfolios, infrastructure strategy, digitalization, innovation and business plans as well as investment advice and due diligence support.
In total, he has worked on the strategy of more than 60 telco players on all continents, worked on about 130 strategy exercises worldwide, and supported major investors on approx. 210 transactions. Often his work aims at linking commercial decisions to underlying technical capabilities and developments – a key challenge for all telco players and investors.

He became Managing Director of Solon in 2013 and Partner in 2017. Matthias joined Solon in 2005 and was one of the founding members of the CEE office in 2006. He headed the company’s Technology and Innovation Practice since 2009 and has been a board member of CTAM Europe since 2011.

Kasia Jablonska

Head of VOD for EMEA, Global Markets, BBC Studios.

Almost 20 years in a broad media industry, offering extensive, international, experience in commercial and editorial leadership, strategy and business development. Kasia has worked with leading broadcast companies, production studios, as well as social and cloud based service providers. Expert in monetising content though multiple platforms, markets and revenue models, working on the crossroads between people, content and technology. Currently, Kasia is a Head of VOD for EMEA, Global Markets at BBC Studios. In this role, she’s responsible for the editorial strategy of VOD products in the region. Previous roles include Head of Digital Monetisation at Endemol Shine and VP of Distribution and Business Development of the Scripps Networks’ interactive portfolio across Europe, Africa and Middle East. Prior to Scripps, she worked at various roles at A+E Networks, NBC Universal and Fox. She was responsible, among others, for launching global FAST business at Endemol Shine and National Geographic channels in Central Europe, at NatGeo.

Kasia holds an MBA from Middlesex Business School. After Kasia’s attendance at the CTAM Europe Executive Management programme @INSEAD, she is now a part of the CTAM Europe @ INSEAD alumni group.

Vicki Lins

CTAM US, President & CEO

Vicki Lins is an award-winning marketer with over 30 years of experience in the media, entertainment, technology and telecom sectors. Her expertise includes building and distinguishing brands, a strong track record of strategic market development and growth, demonstrated power leading consumer-centric initiatives to gain competitive advantage and an in-depth understanding of the transformational impact of technology on media, advertising and consumer engagement.

As president and CEO of CTAM, Vicki unites leaders in media, entertainment and technology to enrich consumers’ lives with exciting experiences, from what they watch to how they communicate, to the way they live and work. She oversees CTAM’s efforts to drive collaborative marketing and communications initiatives so member companies can achieve greater success by working together, and ultimately better serve the millions of people they engage every day.

Prior to CTAM, Vicki served the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of United Way Worldwide, where she led global brand strategy, integrated marketing and strategic communications. Previously, she was executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Clear Channel Outdoor.

Vicki serves on the board of the CTAM Educational Foundation, responsible for the hallmark Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School program.
Among her honors, Lins has been a longstanding recipient of the Cablefax Top 100 and Most Powerful Women awards, inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers, named a “Woman to Watch” by Multichannel News and featured as a First Mover by Adweek. A career-long champion of women and supporter of WICT (Women in Cable & Telecommunications), Vicki received one of their top honors, Woman to Watch, has served as a board member and is a graduate of their Betsy Magness Leadership Program.

Vicki holds an M.A. in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

Mike McKibbin

Consultant Pay-TV Marketing Director

Mike has returned to CTAM Europe as a Board Member (December 2017), he was a Board member for several years in the past (2004 – 2010).

Mike is a payTV marketing, promotions and PR specialist with comprehensive brand experience in the tv, digital and mobile industries. He is responsible for advising channels as they look to launch in new and emerging markets. His regional experience encompasses CEE, the Balkans, Africa and Middle East + Australia.

For the last 20 years in television Mike has been working in the fields of multi-channel, OTT, IPTV, TV Everywhere and in the independent production sector. Mike has an unrivalled network of contacts with leading advertising, branding and promotions/publicity agencies, as well as with key executives at many of the principal distribution platforms across EMEA.

His wide-ranging media career encompasses: 9 years with Walt Disney’s sports network, ESPN (in senior marketing roles, including as Group Marketing Director EMEA, in charge of 10 key sport brands
). He was International Sales & Marketing Director at 3Vision where he helped ITV launch their International Entertainment Channel, ITV Choice, across Southern Africa and at GINX Esports TV he has managed launches in South Africa, Italy, Greece and Poland.

He is presently a Specialist Consultant in London at Communications & PR Agency - Pagefield.

Simon Poljšak

Senior Manager – Iot & Fixed services & TV business development, Melita

Simon is responsible for the portfolio and go-to-market leadership of Melita’s Fixed and mobile services. His role includes driving best-in-class user experience and competitive positioning to ensure that the company stays ahead in delivering profitable and highly relevant consumer technology.

In his current role as senior manager, Simon continues to drive innovation and growth at Melita Ltd. Under his leadership, the company has launched several new products and services that have helped to significantly increase revenue. He was also responsible for the creation of TSN sports channels in Malta. He is passionate about technology and digital innovation.

He previously held sales and marketing positions with Bwin and leading Slovenian entertainment provider ProPlus. Simon studied at University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business (undergraduate and master’s degree), has spent a semester abroad at Facolta di Economia in Torino and at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade in Shanghai.

Simon is married and a proud father of two wonderful children.

Michiel Sanson

Sanson Global

Michiel Sanson has 20 years of experience in the media and communications industries. He has led consulting engagements in North America and Europe, focusing on company and market strategy. These include retention and product strategies for leading operators and OTT strategy development for leading content providers.

Michiel has worked at Sand Cherry Associates as VP International Development and at Dex One as AVP Marketing Research and Strategy and Head of Corporate Strategy. He was Founder and VP Marketing at Alerta, a wireless start-up, and senior associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton in the media and telecommunications group in Amsterdam. Michiel received his BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michiel currently serves as President of the Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains. He speaks English, Dutch and French.

Irina Varlan

Managing Director, GIGAEurope

Irina Varlan, the Managing Director of GIGAEurope, is an experienced corporate executive who has worked in multinational companies for more than 20 years. Prior to joining GIGAEurope, she was General Counsel, Public Policy and Regulatory Director of UPC Romania, Liberty Global. Before she joined Liberty Global in 2012, Irina held a number of senior management positions in leading international telecommunications companies, including DHT Television, Telekom Romania and the American company Metromedia International. A graduate of the Bucharest Faculty of Law, Irina is also a legal practitioner, an attorney-at-law member of the Bucharest Bar, having worked in the private legal practice at the associated law firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers Romania.

David Wagenborg

VP Connectivity & B2B Products, Liberty Global

David Wagenborg, VP Connectivity & B2B Products, based in Schiphol-Rijk, has been with the company for 8 years, 1st with UPC in the Netherlands and for the last 3 years with Liberty Global.

David is a creative and strategic thinking leader with a proven record on immediately identifying business drivers, creating and executing business strategies for growth. Broad work experience combined with hard work ethics and proven ability to lead high achieving teams. He has been a key driver behind Liberty’s double-digit growth in the business2business field over the last couple of years, with new investment in a quality business portfolio for IP Voice, Data, Cloud and enhanced business services. In his role as Managing Director Business Services for Liberty Global, David is driving the consistent growth drivers and replicating success & learnings across markets.

Prior to joining the Liberty family David has been Head of New Product Development in BT Global Services in Amsterdam, to drive the incubation of new services in BT’s broad portfolio, and simplify the experience from customer perspective. Previously held several roles at BT, Telfort and BCG. David holds a grade of Business Economics of the Amsterdam University (UvA), and Master of Business Administration (MBA), AMP, at Nyenrode Business University.

David brings a positive B2B edge towards CTAM Europe, and its community and focus.

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