People on the move – July8 August 2016
Peter MacAvock (pictured) has been elected the new DVB chairman. At the 83rd meeting of the Steering Board, Peter was chosen to take over from Phil Laven, who has served in the position since 2008.
MacAvock was DVB executive director for 14 years before taking his current position of head of delivery, platforms and services at EBU Technology & Innovation.
He said, “Chairing DVB is a huge honour, and it remains at the centre of the way we do TV. DVB needs to stand on the shoulders of its past successes to prepare for an exciting future: no small challenge in today’s ever changing environment.”
Altice has announced its international media and content organisation, which is to be led by Alain Well as CEO.
Damien Bernet has been appointed deputy CEO, with Bernard Mourad as head of business development. Nicolas Rotkoff is head of channels distribution and sports right acquisition, whilst Frank Melloul is named CEO of i24 News. Nora Melhli is head of original creation and non-linear content.
Weill said, “We are expecting to launch i24 News in the United States, to create original series and movies as we are doing with an extraordinary success in Israel and to continue our sport rights acquisitions.
“Altice Media and Content strategy will continue to be focused in our main territories, especially in France, the US, Portugal and Israel.”
Newtek has named Brian Olson as vice president of product management. He will lead strategic development for new and existing product lines.
Prior to joining NewTek, Olson was the director of marketing product management and business development at Ross Video for XPression. He was also the driving force behind Ross’ entry into the virtual set and augmented reality space, culminating in the creation of the Ross Virtual Solutions group.
DPA Microphones has announced Kalle Hvidt Nielsen as the company’s new CEO, as of 1 September. Nielsen will succeed interim CEO Thorsten Reuber, who has managed the company since 25 January.
“I’m thrilled to join such a strong and talented team,” said Nielsen. “DPA sets the standard for professional-quality microphone solutions and I am thrilled to lead the company as it continues to innovate the audio industry.”
SAM has appointed Vincent Eade as head of channel management and marketing. Eade, based at SAM’s Newbury, UK, headquarters, will be responsible for managing all aspects of recruitment, development, training, and marketing for its global channel including dealers, distributors, resellers and system integrators for the full SAM product range.
Eade joins SAM from Grass Valley where he recently held the title of regional sales manager for the UK, Ireland, and Africa.
Viaccess-Orca has appointed Cedric Hardouin as its executive vice president of research and development. He will be responsible for managing Viaccess-Orca’s development teams in France and Israel, with a focus on rolling out next-generation security and engagement solutions for some of the world’s largest operators.
“Joining Viaccess-Orca is an honour for me, and I look forward to learning from the highly experienced management team, which has a solid vision for a very bright future,” said Hardouin. “This, combined with the enthusiasm and innovative spirit shown company wide, made making the move to Viaccess-Orca an easy decision.”