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Globecast ups Sylvain Merle to COO

Globecast has upped chief technology officer (CTO) Sylvain Merle to chief operating officer (COO), replacing Philippe Fort who is retiring after 16 years at the company.

Sylvain Merle

Sylvain Merle

The move marks a swift promotion for Merle, who joined the company earlier this year from BeIN Media Group, where he was technical director.

“With Sylvain’s extensive experience in broadcast architecture, nonlinear distribution, IPTV and IT — and as Globecast moves further into the world of IP, technology virtualization and cloud-based media management services for media preparation and localization, cloud playout, and VOD logistics — we feel he’s the best choice to continue to push us through our next development phase,” said Philippe Bernard, Globecast’s CEO.

“The technical underpinnings of our industry are changing and this promotion will ensure our customers reap the full benefits. Philippe Fort brought a wealth of knowledge and technical know-how to our organisation during his tenure and we’d like to sincerely thank him for that.”

Earlier in his career, Merle worked for companies including Fox International Channels, TV5Monde, and Thomson Broadcast Systems.