JOHANNESBURG (03/03/2004) - Tiscali SpA's board of directors has selected Ruud Huisman to succeed Renato Soru as CEO of Tiscali.
Soru will remain executive chairman of the board of directors of the company. Huisman's appointment will be proposed in the next annual general shareholders' meeting to be held in April 2004. Until then, he will act as MD.
Says Renato Soru, executive chairman and current CEO of Tiscali: "In less than six years Tiscali has become a leading player in the European Internet communications market. Around 40 acquisitions and the integration of more than 200 companies have created today's group. This huge achievement has been made possible thanks to the work of our country managers, whose job has been key to the integration and to define the guidelines for the future of the group. Ruud was a natural choice as he supported and believed in our company since the very beginning. He knows the group and has an impressive track record as an Internet industry expert. We know that he will take the company forward with the immediate implementation of our business strategy."
"I am proud that I am given the opportunity to realize the huge potential of this company. My commitment will be to implement our strategy in close cooperation with the country managers of the Tiscali Group," says Huisman.
Huisman has been CEO of Tiscali Benelux and Scandinavia and member of the executive committee of Tiscali since October 2002. He comes from World Online International in the Netherlands, which he joined in 1998, first as COO and later as CFO. After the takeover of World Online in 2000 Huisman successfully integrated the company into the Tiscali Group.