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Sky Media chief Deissenberger exits as overhaul continues

German pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has continued the revamp of its leadership team with Thomas Deissenberger departing as managing director of advertising sales arm, Sky Media.

The 55-year-old Deissenberger had led Sky Media since September 2015 alongside Martin Michel. The latter left Sky in the summer of 2018 and Deissenberger has now followed suit.

Deissenberger was previously chief executive of Sport1 Media, the media sales arm of Constantin Medien, and served as managing director of DSF, the German sports broadcaster that later became Sport1.

In March last year, Jacques Raynaud was appointed head of sports and marketing at Sky Deutschland. He will now serve as the sole managing director of Sky Media, as well as executive vice-president of sports and advertising sales at Sky Deutschland.

There have been a handful of high-profile departures at Sky Deutschland in recent months amid a restructuring. The exits have included Sebastian Hauptmann, executive vice-president of operations and digital innovation, Ralph Fürther, senior vice-president of communications, and Roman Steuer, executive vice-president of sports.

Parent company Sky was last year taken over by US-based media giant Comcast.