New appointments

A look at who's on the move in the broadcast industry.
Thomas Birner, Quantel.
Thomas Birner, Quantel.
Noelle Prat-Vong, Front Porch Digital.
Noelle Prat-Vong, Front Porch Digital.
Caryn Cohen, Wall  Street.
Caryn Cohen, Wall Street.
Reto Brader, Utah Scientific.
Reto Brader, Utah Scientific.
Graham Day, ATG Broadcast.
Graham Day, ATG Broadcast.


A look at who's on the move in the broadcast industry.

Thomas Birner, Quantel director of sales for Central Europe, has also been appointed director of sales for the Middle East. In his new, expanded role, Birner is responsible for building Quantel’s market presence throughout the Middle East alongside his existing responsibility for Central Europe.

“The Middle East is a thriving, dynamic and highly innovative market with many exacting broadcast requirements – speed to air, efficiency, multi-channel content distribution and the move to HD broadcasting,” said Birner.

“Quantel Enterprise sQ systems meet all these needs as well as providing a versatile platform for further innovations, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these benefits to the Middle East’s forward-looking broadcasters.”

Initially, Birner will concentrate Quantel’s efforts on flagship reference projects in the Middle East, a number of which are coming to fruition in the next few months. “This will provide the basis for building a stronger presence in the region, providing sustained success for the longer term across a broader range of projects and countries within the region,” Birner concluded.

Next: Front Porch Digital

Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital, a developer of solutions for migrating and managing media content, has added two regional sales managers for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Noelle Prat-Vong and Nicole Jacquemin are both assigned to expand the installation base for the company’s SAMMA products for migration of video content into digital formats.

“The addition of these positions to our sales team is absolutely necessary so that we sustain our strategic successes within the EMEA video migration market,” said Rino Petricola, Front Porch Digital’s senior VP and managing director. “Noelle and Nicole are both experienced technology professionals with proven records in international business.”

Prat-Vong (pictured), who has worked for a decade in both the public and private sectors of the audio/visual field, comes to Front Porch Digital most recently from OpenCube Technologies and Vectracom.

Jacquemin has worked for Front Porch Digital for nine years as a technical account consultant on the company’s DIVArchive and SAMMA product lines. Jacquemin has more than 20 years of experience in IT, telecommunications, and broadcast, having previously worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and Alex Temex Multimedia.

Next: Wall Street Communications

Wall Street Communications
Wall Street Communications, a company specialising in marcomms for broadcast technology firms, has promoted Caryn Cohen to the position of president. The move forms part of a reorganisation that sees founder Christopher Lesieutre moving from president to chief executive officer and vce pesident Robert Decker becoming executive vice president.

“For some time, Caryn has been taking on additional responsibility for running Wall Street and doing exactly the outstanding job we all expected,” said Christopher Lesieutre, founder of Wall Street Communications. “At this point, her assuming the title of president is acknowledgment of the realities on the ground. The Wall Street team enjoys an abundance of talent, skill, experience and judgement, of which Caryn is a shining and representative example.”

Cohen joined Wall Street Communications in 1996, the year it was founded, as a principal owner and senior vice president, overseeing business development and advertising services.

Before that, she served as the director of manufacturer advertising for several entertainment trade publications.

Next: utah Scientific

Utah Scientific
Utah Scientific has appointed Reto Brader as general manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Brader, who has worked in technology, broadcast and information systems markets for 18 years, will be tasked with developing Utah Scientific’s EMEA presence, growing its market, serving customers, and promoting the company’s products in the region.

“Utah Scientific routers and associated gear have always been world-class, and this addition to our organisation demonstrates our commitment to enhanced communication of that message to customers in important regions of the world,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to engage someone with Reto’s skills, experience, and integrity to take on this responsibility. He is just the right person to match our advanced technology with the many customers in the EMEA regions who are poised to take advantage of it.”

Brader comes to Utah Scientific most recently from Pixelmetrix, where he served as EMEA general manager. Earlier management positions were at HP/Agilent in Canada and Alcatel in Switzerland.

Next: ATG Broadcast

ATG Broadcast
Graham Day, a veteran of the Middle East broadcasting industry, has become managing director at ATG Broadcast, a provider of design, installation and support services.

During a long stint in the Middle East, he worked as Emirates Media Inc’s head of operations followed by a period as general manager of Avid Middle East.

He then went on to form his own company, TriMedia Middle East, with two partners in 2004. He then worked on several projects in consulting and technical roles at Al Jazeera, MBC and Al Dafrah.

ATG Broadcast is part of the Dan Technologies Group, which operates from offices in Britain, Denmark, Germany and Vietnam.

“I look forward to working with the ATG Broadcast team and our DSG colleagues,” said Day. “We will be building on ATG’s solid and proven track record as a highly successful system integrator both in Britain and in global sectors, and I look forward to developing further the brand name of ATG Broadcast with my team.”

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