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AIMS’ chair Mike Cronk steps down

Steve Reynolds of Imagine Communications steps up to lead the organisation

Michael Cronk, who has served as chairman of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions since 2015, has stepped down from his role.

It follows his move from Grass Valley to AWS where he has been appointed head of product, live services, which disqualifies from him continuing.

alliance for, who previously served as vice chair, takes over as chair, and Terry Holton of Yamaha will serve as AIMS‘ new vice chair. Grass Valley’s Chuck Meyer is joining the AIMS board as a new member replacing Cronk’s open position.

AIMS board of directors members for 2022 are; chairman of the board Steve Reynolds, vice chair Terry Holton (Yamaha), chief financial officer Andreas Hilmer (Lawo), Andrew Starks (Macnica), and Chuck Meyer (Grass Valley).

Their terms start immediately, as does their ongoing work toward fostering a standards-based approach to IP in professional media.

“Michael Cronk has been instrumental in the formation and success of AIMS,” said Reynolds. “His commitment of time and energy during the past six years has made the AIMS mission of IP adoption a reality. Under his leadership, programs such as the IP Showcase were created and are still seen today as the source of industry education and advancement. And his efforts on behalf of AIMS have been recognised around the world. He will be missed!”

Cronk added: “Working alongside our partners including SMPTE, AWMA, VSF, and EBU, and with organisations such as the IABM, AIMS has served as a catalyst to galvanise the industry toward both standards like SMPTE ST 2110 and also open specifications such as AMWA IS-04, AMWA IS-05, and JT-NM TR 1001-1.

“We’ve made a difference, and it’s been a privilege to serve with so many talented individuals across the industry in pursuit of the AIMS mission. While I will miss being part of this important work, I’m confident that AIMS will continue to make important progress in the months and years ahead. Chuck will be immensely valuable in guiding this ongoing work, and AIMS is fortunate to be welcoming him as a new board member.”