Lieven Vermaele's nomination as the new Technical Director of the European Broadcasting Union has been approved by its Administrative Council. Vermaele will take up his position on 1 September and succeeds Phil Laven, who managed the EBU's Technical Department for 10 years, writes Fergal Ringrose.
Lieven Vermaele began his career at VRT, the Belgian, Flemish, broadcaster, where he worked on the broadcaster's digital roadmap with a focus on transmission, ICT, digital radio and television and new media projects. In particular, he played a key role in developing and planning the digital future of VRT.
After six years with VRT, he moved to Alcatel-Lucent, from where he now joins the EBU. Vermaele was born in Gent in 1975. He obtained his Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Gent, and pursued post-graduate studies at the same university.