Pharos Communications has announced the appointment of Russell Grute to its senior management. Joining the company on April 10 as Director of Marketing, Grute's aim is to lead the product management and marketing teams in driving the Pharos brand and technology to a wider audience.
"Russell brings a combination of experience in high-profile system sales and international marketing," commented Roger Heath, Pharos' commercial director. "At TSL he gained a unique perspective on the real world integration issues that broadcasters face when making the transition to file-based asset management and automated workflow. His experience of broadcast system integration and workflow solutions will really help our customers. He will be working as part of the team at NAB 2007 as we launch the next generation of Mediator and Playtime."
Russell arrives with over 25 years of industry experience. He joined Sony Broadcast in 1982, working in quality-assurance, international field service, product management and finally in professional audio sales. In 1993 he joined nonlinear editing specialist Tyrell Corporation. Progressing to Leitch in 1997 as UK Sales Manager, he gained vital early experience in servers and storage area networks when the company acquired ASC. In 2002 he advanced via Marquis Broadcast to well-known independent systems specialist TSL as Head of Sales. During the last five years at TSL he has worked on a number of leading-edge projects for major broadcasters including TWI Mediahouse, Red Bee Media, CNBC, ProTV, Boom, ESPN Star Sports in Singapore and most recently the NRK Programme Bank Project.