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Ultra HD Forum announces new president

Organisation has also added two new members to its board of directors

Nandhu Nandhakumar from LG has been set as the new president of the Ultra HD Forum, taking over from Harmonic’s Thierry Fautier.

Fautier, who has completed his five year period as president and board chair, will remain on the organisation’s board, alongside Dolby’s Patrick Griffis, Xperi’s Pete Sellar, and Interdigital’s Bill Redmann. Continuing in their current positions on the board are Broadcom’s Wade Wan and NAB’s Sam Matheny.

Yasser Syed from Comcast Cable and  Renard T. Jenkins from WarnerMedia have also been elected to the board.

Speaking about this time as president, Fautier said: “It’s been an exciting first five years, starting with few commercial UHD services to almost 200 now. We successfully met early challenges such as resolution, HDR, HFR, multiple NGA technologies and have provided a framework addressing them, making UHD commercially deployable for operators.

“I’m incredibly proud of the publication of our industry guidelines and the interoperability work conducted with other industry groups to help make this happen. Lastly, our service tracker is now becoming an industry reference. I look forward to future contributions under the leadership of my capable successor Nandhu Nandhakumar.”

Nandhakumar added, “Ultra HD makes video more relevant in these more isolated times, so it is timely that our board is now even more representative of the industry at large. It is exciting to see the increasing rate of deployment of Ultra HD services over diverse distribution paths.”