Biennial election delivers powerful new board to guide IABM’s future
IABM, the international broadcast and media technology association with more than 550 members worldwide, today announced the results of its biennial election of Board Directors. IABM is owned by its members, and the board is both made up of members and voted for by members.
The Board serves a two-year term and plays a central role in all the association’s activities: it is responsible for the overall strategy of IABM, and setting, reviewing and changing as necessary the policies of the association, which are then implemented by the IABM Team. The Members’ Board also exercises overall financial control.
The membership of the new IABM Members’ Board reflects the international make up of IABM’s membership; the newly elected members are:
- Dr Jörg Pohlman – ARRI
- Anne-Louise Buick – Avid
- Nicolas Bourdon – EVS
- Tim Shoulders – Grass Valley
- David Phillips – Multicast Consultancy
- Geir Bryn-Jensen – Nevion
- Bea Alonso – Ooyala
- Alison Pavitt – Pebble Beach
- Peter Sykes – Sony
- Juergen Sommer – Vitec Group
The newly elected members join five continuing members (elected by the outgoing board for continuity), who are:
- Andreas Hilmer – Lawo (Chair)
- James Gilbert – Pixel Power (Immediate Past Chair)
- Nicki Fisher – Clear-Com
- Glodina Connan-Lostanlen – Imagine Communications
- Anna Lockwood – Telstra
In addition, the chairs of the APAC, EMEA and Americas IABM Regional Members’ Councils – Dennis Breckenridge of Elevate Broadcast, Ole Clausen of Danmon Group and Paul Stechly of Applied Electronics respectively – also have seats on the Board. Vice Chair Graham Pitman, IABM CEO Peter White and Finance Director Lucinda Meek complete the line-up.
Newly elected Chair of the IABM Members’ Board, Andreas Hilmer from Lawo, said, “Our industry is facing challenges from various sides and is encouraged to think outside the box almost daily. Never before in my 16 years working for broadcast manufacturers have I seen such a burst of activity and creativity despite the disruptive changes facing manufacturers, service providers and broadcasters. Helping to steer our industry through these turbulent times will be the mission of this newly elected board and IABM’s wonderful in-house team. We will continue to maintain the right balance between vendors’ interests, who founded this organization, and the broadcast and media industry at large. Sustainable success is based on trusted partnerships; IABM plays a crucial role in this process to ensure that all stakeholders benefit from the vast opportunities that lie before us.”
“The Members’ Board is absolutely central to the ongoing success of IABM, and I am delighted that it once again includes a broad cross section of company sizes and sectors, with nominated representatives who are all hugely experienced and widely respected in the industry,” said Peter White, IABM CEO. “With this great new Board now in place, I’m looking forward to tapping into its knowledge and ideas to help take IABM to the next level and deliver even more value and support to all our members.”
“That we have again had so many nominations this time around demonstrates how much our members value their association,” added Lucinda Meek, IABM Finance Director, who oversees Members’ Board activities together with those of the Regional Members’ Councils. “I am excited that we will be able to draw on the abilities of so many highly talented people on the new Board; the future at IABM looks bright indeed.”
Here are some reactions from members of the new IABM Members’ Board:
Dr Jörg Pohlman, ARRI: “I would like to thank everybody participating in the vote and reelecting me to the IABM Members’ Board. I will be very happy to contribute intimate knowledge of the industry as well as ARRI’s 100+ years of experience. Together with fellow board members, I will try to ensure that IABM manages to stay ahead of the curve and remains the leading international organization driving the broadcast and media industry forward.”
Anne-Louise Buick, Avid: “After 20 years working for manufacturers and vendors to the broadcast media technology industry, I’m delighted to join the IABM Board and contribute to the fantastic work the organization does to connect and support members globally. The broadcast technology vendor community is one about which I am passionate, and IABM offers an effective platform for its collective voice, representing member interests across trade initiatives, customer segments and industry alliances. I am excited to represent Avid and to have the opportunity to add value to that mandate.”
Nicki Fisher, Clear-Com: “I look forward to continuing my work initiated over the past four years as an IABM board member. Throughout this time, we have broadened our reach with representation from large, small companies and start-ups, across multiple geographies and with greater diversity than ever before. This scope has created many more ideas, initiatives and opportunities to support IABM members in an ever-evolving market and I look forward to continuing this work to ensure our membership good value and a strong networking community.”
David Phillips, Multicast Consultancy: “I’m delighted to have been elected to the IABM Members’ Board and, being a smaller SME, able to add to the diversity of business size that IABM will have in its board structure. I would like to use my extensive network of contacts and experience of operating in a global market to help further build membership of IABM. I’m particularly interested in start-ups and newer businesses learning about and recognizing the benefits that membership of IABM brings. I’d also like to further support the recent successful initiative of IABM in facilitating the matching of members’ products and services to the ever-changing needs of our clients.”
Geir Bryn-Jensen, Nevion: “As we know, the broadcast industry has been undergoing a fundamental and very disruptive change that is affecting the whole value chain, from broadcasters and service providers to suppliers. IABM plays a key role in helping its members navigate through that change. I look forward to leveraging my own experience of radically transforming Nevion’s business from being a provider of hardware products to one of software-defined solutions, to support the IABM in its important mission.”
Bea Alonso, Ooyala: “There is no doubt that IABM provides excellent value to our industry, both for solution providers and media companies worldwide, through its research, reports and events, so having the opportunity to help build policy and priorities as part of the board is a hugely exciting prospect.”
Alison Pavitt, Pebble Beach Systems: “The IABM plays a key role in supporting the many and varied organisations that make up this fantastic industry of ours, and I look forward to continuing as a board member as it evolves to meet the new challenges and opportunities facing us all.”
Juergen Sommer, Vitec Group: “Working in the broadcast industry for over 17 years, I have respected the work of the IABM as a positive influence shaping and evolving the broadcast market. Having spent my ‘broadcast working-life’ in product management, sales and marketing, encountering a wide-range of content creation products from the Vitec Group brands, I hope my experience will bring valuable insight as a board member. IABM is the only association that truly represents the global broadcast and media technology industry. Right now, as the broadcast industry experiences a period of exciting change and innovation the role of the IABM has never been more important. Joining the board and helping to shape the future of our industry is a great honour for me and a duty I look forward to fulfilling.”
IABM (www.theiabm.org) is the international trade association for suppliers of broadcast and media technology. IABM facilitates the important networking and interaction between suppliers that shape and define the unique ecosystem of the broadcast and media technology industry.
IABM supports member companies with a comprehensive range of services across market intelligence, training, technology, exhibitions and best practices – all designed to help them do better business. We hold the interests of member companies as paramount, and strive to provide strong guidance and support at every level in all geographies.
We understand that in today’s rapidly changing media landscape, our members have never had a greater need for timely, relevant and effective advice and support. IABM’s mission is to be an ever more powerful beacon that is highly responsive to all our members’ needs in a timely fashion, helping them to prosper and navigate change successfully