MTV hires first UK legal chief from 3

MTV has scooped its first UK head of legal from 3, with the mobile telecoms company in turn appointing a new regulatory director.
Nayeem Syed has scooped the coveted role at MTV, while 3 has appointed the experienced former ITV Digital head of regulatory affairs Tim Lord.

Lord’s appointment comes six months after the departure of the previous regulatory head Clare Gilbert, who moved to Germany to spend more time with her husband, Stan Laurent, chief executive officer of AOL Germany.

Lord has a glittering CV. Since qualifying at Linklaters he has held a number of in-house positions, including spells at the BBC, Cable & Wireless and Videotron. Since the demise of ITV Digital he has run his own consultancy.

Before joining 3, Syed worked in-house at Warner Brothers. His arrival heralds a reshuffling of MTV’s legal team as the music channel looks to devolve more power to its regional operations.

MTV’s European legal team is headquartered in London and led by European general counsel Svenja Geiss-mar. The television station, owned by US media giant Viacom, stated its desire to expand further after its acquisition of German music channel Viva in June. Geissmar inherited 20 lawyers in Germany from Viva, but with MTV already having a presence in Germany she has yet to decide on the structure of the German team.