Pebble Beach Systems, a specialist in automation and playout, has appointed Tom Gittins as CEO.
Gittins, who was previously sales director at Pebble Beach, replaces managing director and company founder Peter Hajittofi who has decided to retire.
Gittins will be supported by Peter Mayhead who takes on the role of chief operating officer.
Founder director Ian Cockett remains in his key role as chief technology officer.
With a strong commercial focus and many years of industry experience, Gittins has been with Pebble Beach Systems for 10 years.
He has been instrumental in the growth of the company and its product portfolio, and in accessing new markets and territories. During a long career in the broadcast industry, where he previously held positions with Leitch and Ampex Corporation, he has gained a reputation for his commitment to understanding customer requirements and for his in-depth industry knowledge.
“I’m proud to be taking on this role at such a pivotal time in the industry as new technologies and commercial models come on stream,” he said. “With the backing of an exceptional team both at our UK headquarters and internationally, I am excited by the growth opportunities which the industry offers and confident that we can build on the company’s impressive legacy and strong foundations. Pebble Beach Systems remains committed to supporting our extensive user base, and our innovative solutions and strong infrastructure position us well for continued success in the future.”
Newly appointed COO and CFO Peter Mayhead joined the company in 2013 as finance director. With over twenty years’ experience in the broadcast industry Mayhead previously held the role of CFO at Pro-Bel playing a key part in the successful management buyout from Chyron. He brings particular strengths and experience in supporting business growth through skills in team leadership, organisational management and business systems. He holds an MBA from Henley Business School and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.
Managing director Peter Hajittofi said: "I am delighted that we have made an internal promotion from Pebble Beach Systems to ensure that we carry on the principles and culture that has made the company a true market leader. I will continue to support Tom to ensure a smooth transition."
Chairman of Vislink, John Hawkins, added: "Tom will continue to execute the ambitious growth plans for Pebble, ably supported by Peter Mayhead and Ian Cockett. I would like to thank Peter Hajittofi for his continued support of the business, and confirm that he will remain involved with the company in a non-executive director capacity"