CTC Media announces new Co-chairman and members of the Board of Directors

05.03.2015 13:50:00

Moscow, Russia March 5, 2015 – CTC Media, Inc. (“CTC Media” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CTCM), Russia’s leading independent media company, today announced the appointment of Natasha Tsukanova and Kaj Gradevik to the CTC Media Board of Directors. Ms. Tsukanova has also been appointed Co-Chairman of the Board.  

Ms. Tsukanova and Mr. Gradevik have been designated by MTG Russia, the Company’s largest stockholder, to replace Jørgen Madsen Lindemann and Mathias Hermansson. MTG Russia has a right under the Company’s stockholders’ agreement to designate three of the nine members of the Board and one of the Co-Chairmen. Irina Gofman continues to serve as MTG Russia’s third designee on the Board.

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, CEO of Modern Times Group MTG, commented: “Now that the Board has established an ongoing process and put in place advisers to enable the Company to review and decide on its potential actions in order to comply with last year’s amendments to the Russian Mass Media Law, the time is right for us to designate members of the CTC Media Board who are specialists in corporate structuring and capital markets transactions. Natasha and Kaj will continue our work towards the best possible outcome for CTC Media’s stockholders, and Irina will continue to bring her considerable operational experience to bear on discussions with the Board and management.”

Werner Klatten, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of CTC Media, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Natasha Tsukanova and Kaj Gradevik to the CTC Media Board of Directors. They bring extensive skills and experience to the Board that will help us in responding to the challenging circumstances faced by the Company. On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Jørgen and Mathias for their considerable and valuable contributions to the Company and the work of the Board, especially in recent months as we have reviewed our alternative courses of action in light of the recent Russian legislative changes.”


Natasha Tsukanova, age 48, is the Founder and Managing Director of Xenon Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm focused on Russia and the CIS. Ms. Tsukanova previously served as Head of Investment Banking Russia/CIS at J.P. Morgan, having joined the Oil and Gas Team with J.P. Morgan in London in 1997. Ms. Tsukanova has played a leading role in a number of high profile capital markets and M&A transactions in Russia and the CIS, including the IPOs of Rosneft and Eurasia Drilling Company; the restructuring of the Russian electric power industry; the privatization of RAO UES; ONGC's acquisition of a stake in the Sakhalin-1 off-shore development; and the acquisition of a 50% stake in the Etinde oil and gas concession in Cameroon by a consortium of LUKOIL and New Age. Natasha and Xenon won Finance Monthly’s 2012 Deal Maker of the Year Award for Russia for bringing together an international consortium of private equity investors to acquire a 26.43% stake in Russian power producer OJSC ENEL OGK-5. Natasha is also a member of the Executive Board of Kerogen Capital, an $1 billion Asia-based oil and gas private equity fund. Ms. Tsukanova holds Ph.D. and M.A. Degrees in Economics from Moscow State University and an MBA (Honours) from INSEAD, and was a Pew Scholar at Harvard University.

Kaj Gradevik, age 43, is rejoining the Company’s Board of Directors, having previously served as a Director of the Company from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Gradevik currently manages his own financial advisory and consultancy firm. He previously served as Vice President and Head of M&A for TeliaSonera, Europe’s fifth largest telecommunications company, from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Gradevik joined Modern Times Group MTG AB (“MTG”) in 2001 and served as the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of Business Development, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions as well as international expansion. Prior to joining MTG, Mr. Gradevik served as an Investment Banker at Merrill Lynch in London, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and as a diplomat with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Gradevik has advised on and managed a wide range of corporate transactions, including the $750 million sale of Tele2 Norway to TeliaSonera; the $3.5 billion sale of Tele2 Russia to VTB Capital; TeliaSonera’s $1.5 billion acquisition of 49% of Kcell from Kazakhtelecom; and MTG’s initial investment in CTC Media. Mr. Gradevik holds a Master’s Degree of Political Science from Uppsala University in Sweden and is a fluent Russian speaker. 

About CTC Media Inc.

CTC Media is the leading Russian independent media company. The group manages four television channels in Russia (CTC, Domashny, Peretz and CTC Love) as well as Channel 31 in Kazakhstan and a TV company in Moldova with combined audience over 150 million viewers. The international version of CTC Channel is available in North America, Europe, Central Asia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Middle East and Kyrgyzstan. The international version of Peretz is available in Belarus in Kyrgyzstan as well. CTC Media also owns several digital entertainment media assets including videomore.ru, domashniy.ru, ctc.ru and peretz.ru. CTC Media is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol CTCM.

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CTC Media, Inc. 
Igor Ivanov 
Head of Public Relations
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