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People on the move – April

Appointments and movements in the broadcast industry this month

Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has announced the appointment of its new chairman, Mike Parton (pictured). Parton will oversee the business on behalf of Arqiva’s shareholders and takes over from Peter Shore who has been chairman since 2007. He was responsible for the financial and operating restructuring of Marconi before overseeing a sale of the company to Ericsson. In 2007, Parton became chairman of Damovo and joined the board of Tele2, becoming chairman there in 2010.

Jan Lange will head up regional sales in central Europe, Middle East and Turkey for Avid. The former SVP of sales and marketing for Cologne-based Media Broadcast GmbH will be responsible for driving Avid’s business and support the Avid EverywhereTM strategy across the region.

BBC Studios and Post Production’s (S&PP) Digital Media Services division has bolstered its operations, business development and restoration teams with a series of new hires and promotions. Daniel New joins as operations manager from TC Soho, and James Mills joins as account executive from Screenocean. In addition, BBC S&PP Digital Media Services has made a series of promotions. Digital media specialist Kevin Shaw has been promoted to technology and restoration lead and Sheona Henderson takes up the role of archive and restoration specialist lead. In the commercial team, Scott Bayliss has taken on the new role of bookings manager, and Delia Harris has been promoted to facilities and office coordinator, looking after the day-to-day management of the purpose-built facility in South Ruislip.

Freya Evans (pictured) is the newest addition to the team at broadcast, media technology and AV PR firm Bubble & Squeak. As account executive, Evans will be working on new and existing clients, providing the full range of PR and marketing services.

ChyronHego today this month the appointment of Carl Blandino as the company’s new chief financial officer. ChyronHego president and CEO Johan Apel said of Blandino: “His expertise in applying corporate finance as an actionable business tool to increase company performance is a tremendous asset especially as we continue to build a world-class organisation for the ChyronHego family of robust and powerful graphics solutions.”

Denis O’Connor (pictured), has been appointed creative director of Big Brother Programming at Endemol Shine UK. O’Connor will have creative leadership of all of Big Brother programming including the forthcoming series, as well as Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, both of which are both set to launch on Channel 5 this summer.

Havas Media Group has announced the appointment of Damien Marchi as global head of content. This news follows the Group’s recent launch of the Global Music Data Alliance with Universal Music Group and its partnership with NewsCred, the world’s leading content marketing platform.

Intelsat has promoted two executives, at the same time as Stephen Spengler officially assumes the role of CEO. Kurt Riegelman has been named SVP, sales and marketing, and in a newly created role, Michael J. DeMarco has been named SVP, operations.

With immediate effect, Jarle Felin has been appointed L-S-B Broadcast’s representative for the Nordic and Baltic countries. Located in Oslo, Jarle Felin will be working with the support of Alex Bennett, L-S-B’s European sales manager, to take care of the company’s large customer base in Nordic and Baltic countries.

To support continued growth and to further strengthen the company’s offering to its international client base, MKM Marketing Communications has appointed Deepa Parbhoo (pictured) to the new role of marketing and PR account manager with a global remit. “This is a great opportunity for me,” Parbhoo said. “I have been an MKM client, and I know their aim, first and foremost, is to deliver beyond client expectations. They are also always fun to work with!”

Nautel Limited has announced the appointment of Fred Baumgartner as TV product manager. In this newly created position at Nautel, Baumgartner will lead the research, development, production and marketing process for television products at the company and will work closely with Nautel industry partners as well as the R&D, sales and marketing teams at Nautel.

Quantel and Snell has announced the reorganisation of its international sales operation under three newly-appointed regional heads, each leading fully integrated Quantel and Snell sales structures. Russ Johnson joins the company to lead the Americas organisation; Tim Banks has been appointed to lead the EAME sales organisation, based in the UK; and David Tasker has been appointed to lead the Asia Pacific organisation.

Steven Soenens is the new product marketing director at Skyline Communications. In this role, Soenens will lead the product management and marketing activities for DataMiner, across all vertical market segments.

Broadcast equipment manufacturer TSL Products has appointed Matt Colman to the role of audio product manager. Colman joins TSL from SKY TV New Zealand where, as a senior audio engineer, he led the outside broadcasts live sound team.

OTT solutions provider Visual Unity Global has changed its CEO and leadership in corporate governance. Daniel Lynch and Arnd Fröhlich have joined the ranks of Visual Unity Global’s board of directors.

Michael White (pictured) has joined VMI as the new operations manager. After 25 years at rental company Aimimage, White joins the VMI team following the recent opening of the company’s new Bristol facility. “I am thrilled to be joining VMI at such an exciting time in the company’s development. I am already working closely with management, the camera floor techs and the logistics team to implement some very positive changes which continue to enhance our service delivery to our clients,” said White.

WTS, the global broadcast equipment supplier and systems integrator, has appointed Dave Cheesman (pictured) as its first product channel manager. Cheesman brings with him 15 years of sales experience, including ten years at Sony, the last five of which were as AV media and solutions regional sales manager for northern Europe.