London and LA-based Sohonet, a broadband service provider for the TV, film, audio and media industries, has hired Chuck Parker as executive chairman. Parker comes to Sohonet following the acquisition of Unicorn Media (a provider of cloud video ad insertion technology) by Brightcove (a global provider of cloud services for video). Parker was chief revenue officer at Unicorn and then VP of global media sales at Brightcove. For the past year, has has been fulfilling non-executive chairman duties on the Sohonet board.
Previously, Parker spent 15 years at Technicolor where he fulfilled a variety of roles, including chief commercial officer, president of Technicolor’s Broadcast and Digital division and EVP/managing director of Technicolor’s International Home Entertainment division. Parker is also currently the chairman of the 2nd Screen Society, a digital video industry body he founded in 2012.
According to Sohonet CEO Dave Scammell, “Over the past year, [Chuck] has proven to be invaluable in his insight on the industry, and his drive and passion for the business is infectious. As we expand our renowned Sohonet Media Network (SMN) further into the cloud and grow our range of specialist, media-aware IaaS offerings, Chuck will drive these new offerings to market and ensure they are well tuned to the needs of our expanding client base.”
Sohonet recently expanded its Sohonet Media Network to a growing number of cloud providers, including AWS, Google and Softlayer, creating a “fast lane” to the cloud by providing speedy access and reduced charges for all SMN clients. In the last 12 months, the company has expanded services to customers in Singapore, Montreal, Atlanta, Manchester and Amsterdam, and increased its client base in Vancouver, New York and core locations of London, Sydney and LA.
“Sohonet is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the media industry’s continuing demand for better, secure solutions to manage its valuable and ever growing digital assets,” says Parker.