Synamedia, the new Permira and Sky-backed technology company that was created from Cisco’s service provider video business, has hired Mark Billinge as VP of operations and services product management and Avidan Lamdan as VP of platform product management.
Alongside Synamedia’s other product management heads, Billinge and Lamdan will be responsible for refining and driving Synamedia’s platform, operations and services to meet current and future market requirements.
Billinge joins Synamedia from DTH satellite operator OSN, where he spent 12 years, the last six as CTO.
In his new role he will also head Synamedia’s services product management team, ensuring that the firm’s growing range of services align with the product portfolio and with customers’ needs.
Lamdan will lead Synamedia’s Foundation and Infinite product management teams, including the Cloud DVR solution, which is integrated with Infinite and is also offered as a standalone solution. He joins from Kaltura, where he was SVP strategy and before that SVP, products and VP R&D.
Previously, he was CTO and VP of R&D at Tvinci until Kaltura acquired the business in 2014.
“I look forward to bringing my operator viewpoint to shape products and services at Synamedia,” said Billinge.
“I relish the opportunity to lead the platforms product management teams and help Synamedia’s customers thrive in a changing pay TV world,” said Lamdan.
“The energy around Synamedia’s proposition and vision is attracting exceptional new talent from across the industry. While Mark brings a deep understanding of customers’ pain points and challenges and operational expertise, Avidan’s track record in OTT and cloud-based services is second to none. These new hires will help us continue to deliver innovative solutions and services that help pay TV broadcasters, web services and media owners transform their businesses and embrace the new world of infinite entertainment,” said Jean-Marc Racine, chief product officer and general manager EMEA, Synamedia.