Speakers

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Mike Fries
Mike Fries CEO, Liberty Global
Mike Fries

Mike Fries

CEO, Liberty Global

Mike Fries is Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Liberty Global, the largest international TV and broadband company in the world, with operations in 10 European countries and 51 million broadband, video, voice and mobile subscribers.

Liberty Global is recognized as a global leader in entertainment, media and communications, spearheading gigabit broadband speeds, actively integrating traditional video and OTT platforms, and converging fixed and wireless services with quad play bundles.  Annualized full company revenue is $15 billion. The Company also owns 50% of VodafoneZiggo, a Dutch joint venture, which has 10 million fixed line subscribers and 5 million mobile subscribers. Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched the Company’s international expansion 29 years ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in 2005 and serves as a member of its two-person Executive Committee along with Chairman, Dr. John C. Malone.

Fries is also Executive Chairman of Liberty Latin America (LLA), a leading broadband and mobile operator in Chile, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and other parts of Latin America. LLA serves 9.3 million broadband, video, voice and mobile subscribers across 21 consumer markets and generates $3.8 billion of annualized revenue. LLA was split off from Liberty Global to focus purely on organic and strategic growth in the region. Fries also serves on the corporate boards of Grupo Televisa and Lionsgate Entertainment.

Fries is an engaged industry and community leader. He also serves as board member for Cable Labs and trustee for The Paley Center for Media, and he chairs the board for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Biennial of the Americas. He is a Digital Communications Governor and Steering Committee Member of the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. Recognition for his achievements includes EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications, Industry Leader of the Year by Digital TV Europe, and inductions into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Cable Hall of Fame, which recognizes pioneers and leaders in the cable industry. Mike holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Business School.

Enrique Rodriguez
Enrique Rodriguez CTO, Liberty Global
Enrique Rodriguez

Enrique Rodriguez

CTO, Liberty Global
Enrique recently joined Liberty Global as Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, leading Liberty Global’s Technology & Innovation (T&I) team of more than 7,500 employees, with an annual operating and capital budget of more than $5 billion.

The centralized technology function powers the IT, supply chain, product development and delivery and network platforms across Liberty’s operating companies, working across countries and brands to help them succeed.

Enrique has over 25 years of experience at high-technology, Fortune 500 global businesses, including TiVo where he was president and CEO, AT&T, Cisco, Thomson and Microsoft. He is a recognized industry expert in the media, television and Internet service provider business with strong reputation for execution of complex, large-scale, multi-billion dollar service programs.

Lutz Schüler
Lutz Schüler CEO, Virgin Media UK
Lutz Schüler

Lutz Schüler

CEO, Virgin Media UK

Lutz Schüler has been CEO of Virgin Media since June 2019, after spending ten months as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Lutz is also member of the Liberty Global Executive Leadership Team.

Lutz has a great track record in the German telecom market, with many years of strategic and operational experience and extensive experience in marketing, sales and operations across a wide range of products.

Prior to his time at Virgin Media, Lutz was CEO of Unity Media, a position he held from January 2011. Whilst at Unity Media, he played a key role in the acquisition of Kabel BW by Liberty Global and the subsequent integration of both companies. He served in several senior management roles with the Telefónica O2 group from 1998 onwards, lastly leading the integration of Hansenet Telekommunication GmbH as its CEO in Hamburg, when it was acquired by Telefónica O2 in early 2010. From 2006 to 2010, he was Managing Director, Marketing & Sales for Telefónica O2 in Germany. Before joining Telefónica O2 in 1998, he worked as a product manager with T-Mobile.

Alejandro Agag
Alejandro Agag CEO, Formula E
Alejandro Agag

Alejandro Agag

CEO, Formula E

Alejandro Agag is a businessman, entrepreneur and visionary. Founder & CEO of Formula E - Agag has steered the ABB FIA Formula E Championship from an initial idea and a note on a napkin, to become the fastest-growing category in racing and touted by many as the future of motorsport.

Agag was born in Madrid and enjoyed an international upbringing, starting out in politics as the personal assistant to the Spanish prime minister, before moving into the fast lane with business partner Flavio Briatore. After selling the TV rights for Formula 1 in Spain and revamping the Campos outfit in GP2, Agag plugged into Formula E and won the tender to promote the newly-formed electric street racing series.

Still in the driving seat, Alejandro Agag is showing how the excitement of sport can have a meaningful social impact - promoting cleaner air and cleaner technologies through the competitive platform of Formula E.

Aarne Aho
Aarne Aho Managing Director, Global Delivery Office and Central IT, Liberty Global
Aarne Aho

Aarne Aho

Managing Director, Global Delivery Office and Central IT, Liberty Global

Aarne Aho leads the Central IT, Roadmap Delivery and Partner Service Management teams at Liberty Global.  Prior to this, Aarne led the Commercial and Product Management function at Virgin Media.  Before the acquisition of Virgin Media by Liberty Global, Aarne led the IT and Delivery function for Virgin Media and also led IPTV Technology development teams at VideoNetworks/HomeChoice. Aarne began his career at Mercer Management Consulting in Boston where he was spent 10 years consulting to numerous global Communications and Information Technology companies.

Colin Buechner
Colin Buechner Managing Director, Chief Network Officer, Liberty Global
Colin Buechner

Colin Buechner

Managing Director, Chief Network Officer, Liberty Global

Brief background on current role and responsibilities:

In my current role I’m responsible for:

  • Developing the network and data center strategy and architecture for Liberty Global
  • Engineering and Deployment of the international network and all shared data centers
  • Managing operations for the international network and all shared product and IT platforms for Liberty Global and its partners

Where I have worked:

  • Liberty Global Operations (since 2011)
  • Unitymedia Germany (2001 - 2011)
  • Various German and international Telecom operators (1994 - 2001)

 

Dan Hennessy
Dan Hennessy Managing Director, Technology, Liberty Global
Dan Hennessy

Dan Hennessy

Managing Director, Technology, Liberty Global

Dan Hennessy joined the UK Cable company Telewest in 2003 following time spent with BT, Concert and the Consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in their technology consulting group where engagements spanned strategy work for Media, PTT, Cable, Mobile and Equipment manufacturing clients.  Following the merger between NTL and Telewest his focus shifted to defining the technical strategies (from CPE to Network and Service platforms to IT) required to underpin Virgin Media's Connectivity, Communications (fixed and mobile) and Entertainment propositions‎. 

Following Virgin Media’s acquisition by Liberty Global his role moved to Chief Architect for the group in addition to ongoing UK accountabilities.  Focus is on ensuring LGI has a has a technology strategy that; leverages convergence, delivers standardisation and simplification in order to leverage scale, helps to optimize the cost base through quality and insight and enables revenue growth ambitions by delivering the best seamless connectivity propositions (fixed and mobile) across which LGI’s personalised Entertainment and Communication services can be consumed (B2C and B2B).

Jeanie York
Jeanie York CTIO UK & Ireland, Liberty Global
Jeanie York

Jeanie York

CTIO UK & Ireland, Liberty Global

Jeanie York is the CTIO for Virgin Media in the UK & Ireland. Jeanie joined Liberty Global in March 2013 after holding a variety of leadership positions at Century Link, including leading the team that managed Voice network operations for local and national voice services. Since joining Liberty Global Jeanie has led the teams responsible for core network, data centre planning, engineering and operations, focused on supporting the end customer and improving service performance and quality for Liberty Global customers.  In her current role as CTIO Jeanie has responsibility for supporting the network, engineering, IT and end to end Operations that impact Virgin Media’s customers experience.

Mark Giesbers
Mark Giesbers Managing Director, Products, Liberty Global
Mark Giesbers

Mark Giesbers

Managing Director, Products, Liberty Global

Mark Giesbers is Managing Director Products at Liberty Global, leading the development and product & quality management of the company's products and services in connectivity and entertainment for the consumer and B2B market across 12 European countries. Areas of focus include in- and out-of-home entertainment (TV/video, CPE, mobile apps, platforms and tools) and connectivity (broadband/wifi and mobile), B2B products and services (data, cloud services, voice, wholesale), product quality and product strategy.

Earlier at Liberty, Mark as VP Entertainment Products led the teams responsible for the development and launch of the company's next-gen entertainment platform ‘Horizon TV’. The team also launched and managed numerous new products and services across Europe such as award-winning multiscreen apps, Replay TV, cloud PVR and voice control.

Before joining Liberty’s central team in 2012, Mark served on the country management team at UPC Netherlands, Liberty’s local Dutch cable operation as their Vice President of Marketing & Content since 2008. In the 13 years prior to joining the Liberty family he held commercial, product and strategy roles in telecoms, media and consulting at various companies including Talpa Media, Vodafone Germany, O2/Telfort and British Telecom.

Micha Berger
Micha Berger CTO, Telenet
Micha Berger

Micha Berger

CTO, Telenet

Micha Berger joined the Telenet Group in July 2013 and as Chief Technology Officer (“CTO”), leading  the Technology and Innovation Telenet team, he is responsible for Mobile and HFC Network Build and expansions, Network Operations for our HFC and Mobile services, Field Operations, Converged Fixed & Mobile Engineering and Innovations and to deliver Telenet services such as video platform, etc … Micha is driving several programs to remain the leading provider in superior connectivity with a converged fixed and mobile network. As of July 1, 2013, he also joined Telenet’s SLT, reporting directly to the Company’s CEO. Mr. Berger has worked for Liberty Global since 2006, initially managing the Engineering Department at UPC Nederland. As Vice President at Liberty Global since 2010, he has been responsible for Horizon Next Generation digital TV development and product roll-out. Before these endeavors, he gained his first experience in the cable industry at HOT Israel, where he was responsible amongst others for the development of the interactive digital service platform and the roll-out of video-on-demand.

Sigrid van den Houte
Sigrid van den Houte Managing Director, Consumer, Liberty Global
Sigrid van den Houte

Sigrid van den Houte

Managing Director, Consumer, Liberty Global

Sigrid Van Den Houte is Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Global, and has a background of more than 20 years in Marketing, Brand and Communications in multiple technology companies.
 
Since June 2018, Sigrid is holding the position of CMO, and together with her team of international marketing and consumer experts, she is responsible for the development of the future best-in-class customer value propositions. These span connectivity and entertainment and help the different local brands to realize their growth ambitions and become leaders in their business domain. On top of this, she is leading the data, customer insights and analytics team, that helps fuel the technology and innovation team to develop products and services that delight our customers every day.
 
She joined Liberty Global as Vice President Brand, Media and Communications in February 2016 where she was responsible for building a brand & communications framework that served as the foundation for new customer value propositions. These propositions, based on consumer insights,  were rolled out across the different brands and markets in Europe.

Prior to this Sigrid was Chief Commercial Officer at SBS Belgium, (television channels ‘four’ and ‘five’). And before that she was Vice President Brand, Media & Communications at Telenet; Communications Director at Carrefour, Director Marketing and Corporate Communications at Mobistar and Marketing Manager at HP.
 
At the end of 2012 Sigrid was voted by the Union of Belgian Advertisers and PUB magazine “Advertiser Personality of the Year " after successfully launching the mobile offer 'King and Kong' at Telenet.