OWC 12.4

Michel Besner named president of Toon Boom Animation

Long-time animation vet Michel Besner is now president of Toon Boom Animation. Besner, who previously worked at Meltwater, Alias, Autodesk and Kayara — which created MotionBuilder — brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience to Toon Boom, which makes 2D animation and storyboarding software.

For over two decades, Besner has brought innovative software solutions to market. As the co-founder and CEO of Kaydara, Besner created the character animation and motion capture tools, MotionBuilder and FBX, which are still widely used today. His work in the animation industry continued with roles at Alias Systems as their VP of business development, emerging markets and then as senior director of product management at Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment division.

“Michel’s track record of success within all mediums of animation — traditional, web, gaming, mobile — and his proven leadership abilities will strengthen our market and leadership as we continue to deliver the best tools for every type of artist,” said Francisco Del Cueto, CTO at Toon Boom.

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