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MTG veteran Hermansson leaving

The executive chairman of MTG’s digital MTGx division, Mathias Hermansson, is leaving the company.

Mathias HermanssonHermansson (pictured) has been at MTG since 1999, is one of the company’s longest serving senior execs, and has been tipped as a successor to CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann. He will exit in early 2017.

Hermansson told TBI he wasn’t yet sure of his next move and is not leaving to join another media firm.

The exec joined MTG in 1999 as a management trainee, rising to become COO of the Scandi media business. Since late last year he has been executive chairman of MTGx Ventures as part of the company’s restructuring efforts.

“I have dedicated most of my adult life to MTG,” he said. “In the last few years, we have aggressively moved MTG from a traditional broadcaster to a digital entertainment house with global ambitions.

“It is now the right time to consider something new as the fundamentals of our transformation is largely done. We have also a very strong team who can execute so the foundation is in place to take MTG to a global power player in digital entertainment.”

Hermansson will remain an advisor to MTG through 2017. In a note to staff sent out yesterday Lindemann paid tribute to the outgoing executive.

Jorgen Madsen Lindemann“I have really enjoyed working with Mathias,” he said. “He constantly pushes his own boundaries and inspires everyone around him to do the same – exactly the attitude needed to succeed in today’s digital landscape.”

The MTG boss noted the impact that Hermansson has had during his time at the company in his 17 year MTG career.

“Mathias has been a key contributor to our ongoing transformation from a traditional broadcaster into a digital video entertainment company,” he said.

“Today, we are developing three digital verticals – esports, multi-platform networks and online gaming – with the potential to power our business in the years ahead. Mathias’ contribution, in other words, has been extremely important – both to MTG as it is today and to what we will become tomorrow.

MTG reorganised the management of its MTGx unit late last year, unifying its Play and Viaplay services under Viaplay CEO Jonas Karlén (left) and naming Arnd Benninghoff as MTG executive vice-president and CEO of MTGx Ventures.