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Sohonet Builds New Team of Leading Industry Executives To Support Rapid Global Expansion Plans

Sohonet Scales Up for Significant Growth in 2013 with New Staff, New Territories and a Range of Advanced Services for Digital Content Management

(London, UK) Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry, is pleased to announce a raft of new global appointments to support its global expansion program.

Seven key executive personnel have been brought on board to support Sohonet’s rapid expansion into new, global territories and to help develop a range of new services that will ultimately enable media customers to better manage the increasing volumes of digital content they have to deal with.

Sohonet’s recent key hires include a new Director of Product Management, Director of Sales (EMEA), Director of Sales (North America), Director of Global Operations, East Coast Sales Executive, a West Coast Sales Executive and a new CFO.

David Scammell, Sohonet’s CEO, said, “This is going to be a very exciting year for Sohonet and we are delighted to welcome a number of talented new faces to help ramp up our presence and service offerings across the globe. It’s also pleased me immensely to see a good number of the Sohonet staff progress to new roles and to take advantage of the opportunities that have arisen as the company continues to grow. With new, on-the-ground resources in many of our key territories, Sohonet is now geared up to deliver a truly enhanced 24/7 ‘follow-the-sun’ sales and technical support service. Internationally, we are in the process of opening new services in Montreal, Paris and Singapore and as we continue to develop our Sohonet Hub service, we look forward to expanding our Storage solution, a powerful, new tool for flexible, cost-effective, utility-based storage, which will help the broadcast industry address some of its short and long-term storage challenges.”

Sohonet’s first quarter 2013 new hires include the following industry professionals:

Rupert Mussen replaces Clare Wadd, who has taken a role in the charity sector, as Chief Financial Officer. Rupert has extensive experience of working with technology companies and is the perfect candidate to help steer Sohonet through its rapid growth program. Rupert joins Sohonet from VoxGen where he was CFO and Company Secretary. Prior to this, he has spent over ten years at Deloitte’s TMT Group.

Steven Rich will play a pivotal role in the expansion of Sohonet’s US operation as Director of Sales, North America, and has already been instrumental in setting up new sales resources on both the East and West Coasts. Steven has an excellent track record in media and technology sales and has previously worked for Sierra Video Systems and Media.net. Steven ran his own systems integration and workflow consulting company for over seven years and is an expert on digital video hardware, software, encoding and storage system technologies.

Ben Dair takes on an important new role for Sohonet as Director of Product Management. Ben will play a major role in developing and delivering a range of exciting new services for digital media production, distribution and storage that will successfully meet customer requirements both technically and commercially. Ben is a respected thought leader within the film, broadcast and games industries and has a tremendous track record in developing compelling product propositions for the production and post-production sectors.

Rhodri Evans has come on board as Director of Global Operations to ensure the effective delivery of Sohonet’s growth plans. Rhodri has previously held Director of Operations positions for Discovery Communications and Ascent Media and has gained over ten years experience in technical operations from his time at the BBC and Pearsons TV. His experience of managing complex technical operations, managing large expansion projects and delivering exacting service levels to broadcast clients will be a great asset for Sohonet.

Thomas Filloud joins Sohonet as its new Director of Sales, EMEA and will play a pivotal role in expanding Sohonet’s global footprint. As a French native living in London for almost ten years, Thomas brings a unique blend of experience of the London and mainland European markets. Thomas has extensive experience in network engineering and technical pre-sales support and has a strong track record of sales success in organizations such as Dell, Active Storage and Atempo.

Jeff Cohen is a welcome addition to Sohonet’s US Sales team. As Sohonet’s first East Coast Sales Executive, Jeff will be responsible for developing key markets in New York, Toronto, Montreal and other Eastern Seaboard cities. He has a wide and varied technology sales experience within the broadcast and post-production market, including time spent at Sony, Avid, BBC Systems and Masstech Group.

Julian Ramm takes on the role of West Coast Sales Executive to deliver exciting, new services and support for Sohonet’s growing West Coast customer base. Julian brings with him a wealth of experience in technology sales for broadcast and post clients, having previously worked for Sony Broadcast, Panasonic Broadcast, and Avid. Originally from the UK, Julian has spent over 15 years in the USA cultivating contacts on both sides of the pond.

In response to extensive customer feedback, Sohonet has also improved its award-winning File-Runner service to make it easier to connect to both Sohonet Media Network (SMN), as well as off-net (non SMN) users. This will ultimately make FileRunner more in tune with customers’ requirements, especially with regards to accessing, sending and receiving content at home or when working remotely.

Dave Scammell adds, “We look forward to a very exciting year with an ever-increasing focus on delivering value-added services to the Sohonet platform. These new services, in addition to an accelerated focus on geographical expansion will enable new and existing customers to obtain greater value from being a member of our world-renowned Sohonet community, which is going to be bigger and better than ever before.”

For new staff photos and/or an interview with Dave Scammell, please contact Laurena McKenna at Laurena.mckenna@sohonet.com or on T: +44 (0) 7292 6900

About Sohonet
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director’s Guild Trust and Director’s Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

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