New Board Directors for Metro

Metro International S.A. (Metro) today announced that the Nomination Committee has proposed the re-election of Mia Brunell Livfors, Didier Breton, Nigel Cooper, Erik Mitteregger, Mario Queiroz, and Cristina Stenbeck as Board Directors. The Nomination Committee also proposed the election of Michelle Guthrie and Patrick Ståhle as new Board Directors. The Nomination Committee proposed the re-election of Mia Brunell Livfors as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Henry Guy has informed the Nomination Committee of his wish not to seek re-election at the Annual General Meeting on 27 May 2010.
Michelle Guthrie is Chairman of Plan International Hong Kong, a global aid agency working on behalf of children in developing countries. Michelle Guthrie was Managing Director and Senior Adviser of Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading private equity firm focused on media, entertainment, communications and technology from 2007 to 2010. Mrs. Guthrie began her career at STAR, a media and entertainment company in Asia wholly owned by News Corporation, where she held a number of key executive positions since 2001, finally as CEO from 2003 to 2007. Prior to this, Mrs. Guthrie was Director of Legal and Business Development at FOXTEL in Australia. She began her career within media at BSkyB in the UK. Earlier in her career Ms Guthrie was a lawyer at Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Australia and Singapore.
Patrick Ståhle is a Board Director of Charm Communication Ltd, a TV advertising service provider in China and one of the biggest brokers to China Central TV. Mr. Ståhle works part-time with Aegis Media Global Solutions which involves oversight of global strategy, product development and work within Aegis’ Executive Committee. He was until 1 April 2010 the Singapore based Chairman and CEO for Aegis Media APAC, part of the media and market research network Aegis Plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Ståhle worked for Aegis Media for more than 10 years; as COO Carat Scandinavia, CEO Carat Sweden and CEO Aegis Media Nordic. Prior to this, Mr Ståhle launched and managed Canal+ pay-TV channels in the Nordic region along with an e-learning start-up called KWorld. Over the years Mr. Ståhle has been an active Board Director on several small and medium sized Companies including several start-ups, focused on publishing, internet and marketing.
Cristina Stenbeck, Chairman of the Nomination Committee commented: “The Nomination Committee is pleased to propose Michelle Guthrie and Patrick Ståhle to the Board of Metro. Their individual media backgrounds and geographic focus on Asia during the course of their careers will provide valuable insight to the key strategic growth areas for Metro, both in terms of product development and geographic footprint. With six nationalities represented on the Board, the Directors have worked and lived throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America. This knowledge and experience will serve Metro’s strategic priorities going forward. The Nomination Committee would also like to thank Henry Guy for his six years of service to the Board of Metro as Chairman and later member of the Audit Committee. He has been instrumental in driving Metro’s ongoing transformation and increased focus on profitability and selective new growth verticals from the Board level.”

Metro International has proposed the election of Michelle Guthrie and Patrick Ståhle as new Board Directors at the Annual General Meeting on 27 May according to a Metro press release.

Michelle Guthrie is Chairman of Plan International Hong Kong, a global aid agency working on behalf of children in developing countries. She was Managing Director and Senior Adviser of Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading private equity firm focused on media, entertainment, communications and technology from 2007 to 2010. Mrs. Guthrie began her career at STAR, a media and entertainment company in Asia wholly owned by News Corporation, finally as CEO from 2003 to 2007.

Patrick Ståhle is a Board Director of Charm Communication Ltd, a TV advertising service provider in China and one of the biggest brokers to China Central TV. Mr. Ståhle works part-time with Aegis Media Global Solutions which involves oversight of global strategy, product development and work within Aegis’ Executive Committee. He was until 1 April 2010 the Singapore based Chairman and CEO for Aegis Media APAC, part of the media and market research network Aegis Plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Cristina Stenbeck, Chairman of the Nomination Committee linked the proposals to the Asia-strategy of Metro:

“Their individual media backgrounds and geographic focus on Asia during the course of their careers will provide valuable insight to the key strategic growth areas for Metro, both in terms of product development and geographic footprint.”

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