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People on the move – February 2011

New hires this month from Arqiva to ViewCast, by Melanie Dayasena-Lowe.

Arqiva has appointed John Cresswell (pictured) as CEO. Formerly COO and interim CEO of ITV, Cresswell will assume responsibility for an organisation with turnover approaching £850 million. He replaces Tom Bennie who is stepping down after 32 years with the organisation.

Band Pro Munich has undergone a staff reorganisation to focus on the European market. Rainer Hercher, former managing director of Camelot Broadcast Services Berlin, now manages business development. Martin Kreitl, HD consulting specialist and Tanja Decman, sales manager, continue to be responsible for file-based recording, codecs, monitors and measurement engineering. Manuel Weimer supports the areas of logistics products and foreign trade while Isabell Schaarschmidt is responsible for administration and organisation of events. In addition, Fred Meyers joined last year as director of production engineering, coming from Lucasfilm.

Broadcast Pix has announced two new appointments. Fred van Elk has been named director of sales for the Europe, Africa, and Middle East region and Paul Lara has joined as director of marketing. van Elk replaces David Hughes who recently retired.

Camera Corps has appointed Jeff White as design & development engineer. White joined the BBC in 1984 and transferred to SIS in 2008.

Front Porch Digital has expanded its marketing team with two new positions. Susan Crouse has joined as product marketing director for the DIVASolutions Manage line of products, while Travis Johnson will serve as product marketing manager for DIVASolutions Migrate.

Following its acquisition by Francisco Partners, Grass Valley has unveiled a new executive team, which will be headquartered in San Francisco. Leading the team as president and CEO will be Alain Andreoli, who came from Francisco Partners. Jeff Rosica will be executive vice president and chief sales & marketing officer. Other key appointments being confirmed are: Charlie Dunn, senior VP and GM of the Editing, Servers & Storage Product Group; Martin Fry, senior VP and GM of the Routing & Signal Management Product Group; Marcel Koutstaal, senior VP and GM of Cameras; Scott Murray, Live Production Solutions, and Dave Perillo, Global Operations. Meanwhile Aengus Linehan, a veteran of the IT and communications services industry, has joined as Senior VP of the company’s Global Services business unit.

Haivision has appointed Richard Brice as vice president, EMEA. Prior to joining Haivision, Brice spent 10 years with Miranda Technologies, most recently as senior vice president of US sales.

Mark Carrington, previously vice president of sales for the Harmonic-branded product sales, has been promoted to vice president of worldwide sales for Harmonic. In this expanded role, Carrington will be responsible for the entire sales organisation and the complete product line. Separately, the company announced that Suresh Vasudevan, president of Omneon at Harmonic, has decided to leave.

The London Filter Company has hired Eren Ibrahim as showroom manager. Based in LFC’s showroom he has responsibility for sales, rental and client contact across the range of LFC’s products.

Marquis Broadcast has appointed Peter Lambert as sales director. He has previously held senior positions at Bright Systems, Nucoda and Avid Technology.

Media Broadcast has announced the appointment of Bernd Kraus as its new CEO, effective 1 April. Kraus follows Helmut Egenbauer who was appointed non-executive vice chairman of the supervisory board.

Rosco has expanded its UK sales force with the appointment of Laurie Giraudeau as sales executive. She previously worked as marketing manager for Litestructures.

Ross Video has appointed Jim Siega as business development manager for XPression, Ross’ Real Time 2D/3D HD character generator. He will be based out of Maniago, Italy and report to Sharon Quigley, director of sales for EAIME.

Mahmoud Chatah has joined RTW as the company’s new director of marketing and sales. Chatah’s career spans 24 years in the marketing and management of technology-based businesses.

SGO has promoted Geoff Mills to director of SGO global sales & operations to develop new relationships and manage sales of Mistika worldwide. “Geoff’s experience, charisma and human touch fits like a glove with SGO’s philosophy,” said Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO of SGO.

Strategy & Technology (S&T) has established a dedicated Hybrid business unit headed up by Matt Whitfield. Whitfield joins S&T from Freeview Australia, where he was most recently the technical director responsible for phase 2 (MHEG-5 Platform EPG) of the Freeview platform.

Andrew Pearson has joined ViewCast Corporation’s UK office as technical manager for EMEA & India. Pearson joins ViewCast from Channel 4 TV where he served as the broadcast distribution manager.