SIS has made another addition to its executive team with the appointment of Mike Whittaker as Chief Technology Officer.
Whittaker, who has held senior roles at Ericsson and the BBC, will work with Gary Smith, recently appointed as Chief Operating Officer, in setting and delivering SIS’ future technology strategy.
David Holdgate, CEO, SIS, said: “Every area of the SIS business is facing technological changes and Mike and Gary will work on addressing those changes. We’re delighted to welcome such an experienced executive as Mike to SIS.”
Whittaker joins from Ericsson Broadcast Services (formerly Technicolor Broadcast Services) where he was Vice President of Global Operations, responsible for the transmission and media operations and solutions and SI for the broadcast outsource services which manage and operate over 170 TV channels for some of the world’s major broadcasters.
Prior to joining Ericsson in 2010, Whittaker was VP, Broadcast Operations and Technology for the Dubai-based MENA pay-TV operator OSN. At OSN he was responsible for all technology strategy and delivery of operations. He led the introduction of the region’s first EPG, DVR and VOD services, widescreen transmission and the launch of the first permanent HD linear and VOD channels as well as OSN’s HD DVR and 3D services.
Before joining OSN, Whittaker spent 18 years at the BBC in various operations, technology and business roles including Head of Operations for BBC World Service, Head of Strategy for BBC Technology Ltd and Head of Technology Support for BBC News. He also worked on projects such as the introduction of audio and video desktop editing, the sales of BBC Transmission and BBC Technology and the technical specifications for the BBC’s W1 project, as well as working on the early development of what was to become Freeview.