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People on the move – September

A monthly round-up of appointments and movements in the broadcast industry

Data science company 4C has named Hamid Qayyum as senior vice president of sales, TV Activation. Reporting to CEO Lance Neuhauser, Qayyum will advance 4C’s TV Verify and Measurement and Planning (MAP) products for use by brand advertisers, media agencies, TV networks, and cable operators.

Avid announced this month that software development veteran Rashid Desai has been named senior vice president and chief technology officer. A key member of Avid’s executive leadership team, Desai will tap into more than 20 years of experience to further execute the company’s strategic vision, Avid Everywhere. He joins Avid from Barclaycard, where he held managing director, chief information officer and chief technology officer roles.

Kevin Prince (pictured), has joined Broadcast Pix as president and CEO, as well as a member of the board of directors. He succeeds Steve Ellis, who has been instrumental in the company’s success over the past 30 months and led the recruitment efforts for Prince. Prior to his appointment, Prince was senior vice president of business development for ChyronHego, and has also served as president of Hego US, which merged with Chryon in 2012.

Drive, the co-production and deficit financing company, has added Andrew Baker to its team as a non executive director. Baker will be working with Drive in a strategic and advisory capacity, to help to grow the business in the UK and internationally. He was previously head of business affairs for Granada Television and ITV, before founding Rights TV in 2004.

As part of FilmLight’s ongoing drive to reinforce partner sales for its workflow solutions, Sebastian Rasfeld is stepping up to a new role as global channel manager. Based in Berlin, Rasfeld draws on ten years of experience in the post industry, first as a Baselight colourist and since 2011 as FilmLight’s senior regional sales manager for Europe and the Middle East.

Fremantle Media’s VP of commercial and business affairs Bart Jan Gorissen (pictured), is to expand his remit to become commercial director, central and eastern Europe. “I am looking forward to working with our regional teams and our business partners to increase ancillary activities. In particular branded and digital content is a key growth area and I will actively engage in maximising brand and digital engagement in our formats in the region,” commented Gorissen.

Linear Acoustic has expanded its leadership team with the hiring of industry veterans Chris Shaw as vice president of global sales, television and Martin Dyster as vice president of business development/television. These hires, coupled with the promotion of Dan Chuey to vice president of engineering and production, bring years of experience to Linear Acoustic, which the company hopes will fortify its efforts in the broadcast space.

Bassam Tabbara (pictured), joined Quantum in 2014 and has this month been promoted to chief technology officer, with responsibility for driving the company’s long-term technology strategy. Tabbara boasts more than 20 years of experience in strategic product development.

Konstantin Knauf was appointed managing director of Qvest Media Singapore in August and has since been responsible for the development and growth of the location as well as for managing the company’s project portfolio and sales activities there.

Solid State Logic has hired Paul Mac as content creator. Based at SSL’s UK headquarters, Mac will be responsible for a range of SSL’s published content, including user stories, press releases, video content, and sales materials. He will also be the worldwide first point of contact for editorial enquiries across all of SSL’s market sectors.

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has made several appointments within its international distribution business. Mike Wald, executive vice president, international distribution, will return from London to Los Angeles and oversee the distribution and strategic management of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s (SPE) feature films and TV series. Angel Orengo, executive vice president, international distribution, EMEA, will move from Hong Kong and will now be based in the company’s London office, where he will lead SPT’s EMEA team as executive vice president of international distribution. Alexander Marin, executive vice president, international distribution in Latin America and the Caribbean, will now also oversee Canada. Finally, Robert Lanier was appointed senior vice president of international distribution, Asia-Pacific, covering Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Andrew Childs arrives at Trilogy from Quantum, as business development manager for the Middle East. Trilogy sales director Ewan Johnston said, “Middle East is a very important market for us and the addition of a local presence will enable us to better serve our customers and partners and take advantage of the significant growth in the region. I know Andrew will be just the right man to pursue and secure the many opportunities to accelerate Trilogy’s growth in the Middle East.”

Experienced sales specialist Susannah Rushden (pictured), has joined VDC Trading in the role of sales manager. Rushden has worked in a sales management, development and training role for several major UK companies. She commented, “my efforts will be aimed at working on improvements which relate to the sales message and the morale of the team. My objective is to raise the energy levels of the team and to provide a better service from the first contact.”

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