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Broadcasters appoint Gopalakrishnan, Boswood to senior technology roles

Prasanna Gopalakrishnan joins Sky as group chief technology officer, Grace Boswood appointed Channel 4's new technology officer

Both Sky and Channel 4 have announced new appointments in their most senior technology roles.

Sky has appointed Prasanna Gopalakrishnan as its new group chief technology officer, she will join the broadcaster in September.

Gopalakrishnan joins Sky from Bank of America where she has been working as managing director and CIO of Consumer Tech Business Operations.

Gopalakrishnan succeeds Mohamed Hammady who announced his decision to step down as group CTO at the end of 2020.

Dana Strong, Sky group chief executive said: “Prasanna brings a unique combination of expertise across digital transformation, cyber protection, and secure telecoms networks. She is a known and respected leader in her field, and we are looking forward to having her on the team at Sky.”

Prasanna Gopalakrishnan added: “Sky’s focus on customer experience has always impressed me. It’s an iconic brand well known for putting customers first and leading with technology innovation.Sky has a vibrant and admirable culture and there’s no better time to join – the entire industry is being disrupted and we can help drive the customer experience forward. I’m very excited and thrilled to join an incredibly talented team.”

Meanwhile, Grace Boswood is joining Channel 4 as the broadcaster’s new technology director.

She joins the broadcaster next month, and will be responsible for aligning Channel 4’s technology investment with its Future4 strategy, delivering new systems and partnerships, the integration of technology into all areas of the business and focusing on Channel 4’s ongoing digital transformation and future growth agenda.

Boswood joins Channel 4 from the BBC where she is currently the chief operating officer of its design and engineering department and leads the delivery of strategic projects with the technology and digital teams, a post she has held for over five years.

Speaking about her new role she said: “Channel 4 is a brand I have loved since my teenage years, and I believe in the power of technology to be a driving force behind the Future4 strategy. I am thrilled to be joining at this pivotal time for the business and further accelerating its move to digital.”