By: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG Editorial Director
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 3:26 pm
Grass Valley is undertaking its next phase of development as Mike Oldham has joined Grass Valley as Region President, Americas and Alan Wright and Andrew Sedek are both now Region President EMEA and Regional President Asia Pacific respectively. The three new presidents will all report to Alain Andreoli, President and CEO of Grass Valley.
“We are very excited to have someone of Mike’s caliber join our team,” shares Andreoli. “He has tremendous talents and insights and we look forward to him bringing a fresh leadership perspective to this complex and critical region for Grass Valley. He will be a huge asset to our team and our transformation.”
Oldham joins Grass Valley from FrontPoint Advisors LLC., where he was managing director. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Omnibus Systems, which was acquired by Miranda Technologies. Before Omnibus, Oldham held COO positions with Encoda Systems, Matchlogic, and SafeRent.
“I am honored to join Grass Valley and the impressive leadership team Alain has assembled. I have partnered with Grass Valley at broadcast customer sites for many years and have great respect for their products and market leadership. I was especially drawn to this opportunity after seeing the exciting product roadmap and the renewed focus Grass Valley has on meeting the current and future needs of their customers. They are uniquely positioned to lead the industry and enable customers to meet the challenges of non-linear production workflows in the Internet era.”
Andreoli says the goal is to create more strength in the different regions via the three presidents as well as a newly created Chief Marketing Officer role. “Grass Valley is a strong global brand, with a balanced worldwide presence,” he says. “We understand that customers in each region have unique needs and we want them to have a strong presence at the executive table.”
Graham Sharp, SVP of corporate development assumes the additional role of Chief Marketing Officer. Sharp, with more than 25 years of executive management experience in the media industry, will architect the go-to-market strategy, from channels through to product marketing and marketing communications, as well as ensuring a coherent model across all regional activities.
The company is also announcing that Jeff Rosica, current Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Office, who oversaw the sale of Grass Valley to Francisco Partners and has been instrumental in the first phase of the transformation to a profitable, independent company, will leave the company near the end of the year. As part of the transition, Jeff will remain as a strategic advisor to the CEO until late November, helping to ensure a smooth transition.
“We continue to execute on our strategic vision and this reorganization is a key part of the next phase of evolution for the company”, added Andreoli. “Jeff has helped enormously to get us where we are today and we appreciate his hard work and dedication to creating an independent and strong Grass Valley, as well as his contributions to our ongoing transformation. Jeff will remain a trusted advisor to me during the transition, and will always be thought of as a part of the extended Grass Valley family.”
“This is the right time for the company to realign and refocus its sales and marketing efforts” said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President. “I will miss the team at Grass Valley, but will continue to support and advise the company over the coming months to ensure a successful transition, and although viewing from the sidelines, I will enjoy watching the company as it continues its impressive transformation and builds on its leadership position serving the broadcast and media industry.”