The new management team at Grass Valley Group — as long-timers call it — is a blend of old and new, including some longtime Silicon Valley executives. Up here, existing managers such as Dave Perillo, senior vice president of global operations, will stay on. I also expect some frequent trips here by “The Group’s” S.F.-based management team, and this will be good for business as well as our area’s visibility.
The new management team is being formed after Paris-based Thomson sold Grass Valley Group to Francisco Partners. San Francisco may seem like Paris, France, to some of our locals, but, in fact, it is closer and a good way to bridge our world with the rest of Northern California.
As I’ve reported before, the merger is a good match. “Why Thomson Grass Valley is an ideal fit for Francisco Partners” is here. This is the press release:
San Francisco, California, January 17, 2011 — Following its acquisition by Francisco Partners, Grass Valley has announced a new executive team which will be headquartered in San Francisco, California. Leading the team as President and CEO will be Alain Andreoli.
Alain was most recently an Operating Partner at Francisco Partners, and prior to that has held leadership positions at several technology companies including President of Sun Microsystems Europe, Chairman and CEO of Hubwoo, CEO of Xiotech, EVP Sales & Services at McData, President and COO of Verio, International CVP at Storagetek, as well as several global leadership roles at Texas Instruments.
“This is an exciting time to be taking the helm at Grass Valley”, confirmed Andreoli. “Together with the experienced and talented team at Grass Valley, we have ambitious and exciting plans for the
company and I look forward to being a part of this impressive organization – and helping lead the
team to new heights of success.”
As part of the senior executive team, supporting Alain in his drive to build on Grass Valley’s 50 years of success in the marketplace will be Jeff Rosica in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. An industry and company veteran who previously served as a senior vice president and the division head for the organization, Jeff will take global responsibility for all customer-facing activities and drive the organization’s marketing functions.
“I’m looking forward to working with Alain and the other members of the leadership team to help drive continued success at Grass Valley” stated Rosica. “I am also excited about working closely with our tremendously loyal customer base around the world which can expect an even greater amount of innovation and customer focus from the newly independent Grass Valley.”
In the role of Executive Vice President and CFO, the newly appointed Ian Halifax will take responsibility for all G&A functions including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Legal and IT. He comes to the Grass Valley organization with extensive leadership experience in publicly-traded technology companies, serving most recently as CFO at Wind River Systems. Prior to that, he held CFO roles at Micromuse and Macrovision, and began his career with Sun Microsystems in Europe.
In addition, the following key appointments are being confirmed, all of whom will be part of the core leadership team and will report to the CEO:
• Based in Beaverton, Oregon, Charlie Dunn, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Editing, Servers & Storage (ESS) Product Group.
• Based in Nevada City, California, Martin Fry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Routing & Signal Management (RSM) Product Group.
• Based in Breda, The Netherlands, Marcel Koutstaal, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cameras Product Group.
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