Liberty Global has announced it will appoint Diederik Karsten to the newly created position of managing director, European Broadband Operations for Liberty Global effective January 1, 2011. Karsten will succeed Gene Musselman who has decided to retire, effective at the end of this year, from the position of President and COO of UPC Broadband after nearly 20 years with Liberty Global and over 35 years in the cable business. Musselman will continue to assist Liberty Global in Germany as CEO of Unitymedia, and will serve as special advisor to the CEO of Liberty Global on various strategic and operating initiatives.
Karsten has served as managing director, UPC Netherlands since 2004. In his new capacity he will oversee the day-to-day operations of LGI’s cable businesses spanning 10 European countries, 13.5 million customers and 19.9 million RGUs at June 30, 2010. These businesses operate under various brand names today including Cablecom (Switzerland), Unitymedia (Germany) and UPC (8 additional markets). He will also remain a board member of Telenet, LGI’s Belgian subsidiary.
Based in Amsterdam, Karsten will become an executive officer of Liberty Global reporting to President and CEO Mike Fries, and will be a member of the company’s executive management committee.
Robert Dunn, managing director of UPC Ireland since 2006, is expected to succeed Karsten as managing director of UPC Netherlands, effective January 1, 2011. The company is in the process of identifying a successor for the next MD of UPC Ireland.