Dieter Gorny has split with MTV Networks Europe.

Gorny has served as executive vice president at MTVNE in 2004 since the music TV network bought out his competitor German TV broadcaster VIVA in a multi-million euro deal.

An MTVNE spokesperson says Gorny moved on from the company Dec. 31, 2006 to "pursue new career opportunities."

Bill Roedy, vice chairman of MTV Networks, lauded Gorny as "a trail-blazer who oversaw the development of cutting edge TV for German youth."

Gorny established VIVA in 1993 in Cologne with other shareholders from the record industry. He switched titles from managing director to CEO in 2000 when the newly incorporated VIVA Media was unveiled.

Furthermore, Gorny was elected on Dec. 11 to the board of the IFPI Germany as deputy chairman. He will continue to work on with the association on an honorary basis.

An MTVNE spokesperson did not comment on whether the company will hire a successor to Gorny.

News of Gorny's exit comes on the heels of the departure of his colleague Simon Guild, president and chief executive of MTV Networks Europe.