Catherine Mühlemann, managing director of MTV Networks Central since 2001, has decided to leave the company at the end of July 2008.

"After seven years with MTV Networks, I am taking the opportunity to explore new adventures," said Mühlemann in a statement. "I am very proud of what we've accomplished, as we've expanded MTV Networks Germany from solely a music channel to a media enterprise with strong, cross-platform brands."

In her role, Mühlemann has been responsible for overseeing MTV Network operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. During the last two years, she has focused on expanding the music TV broadcaster's brands VIVA, MTV, NICK and Comedy Central on pay, online and mobile digital platforms.

Prior to joining MTV, Mühlemann was program director and part of the founding team of the first Swiss private TV channel TV3. Before that, she gained experience with Swiss television DRS in Zurich.

"Catherine's commitment and vision has helped deliver one of our most successful Network operations with a broad diversity of programming and significant growth opportunities," comments Bill Roedy, vice chairman, MTV Networks, in a statement.

An announcement on Mühlemann's successor will be made shortly.