Jody Madden, who joined Foundry in 2013 and has held positions as chief operating officer and, most recently, chief customer officer and chief product officer, has been promoted to chief executive officer. She takes over the role from Craig Rodgerson.
Madden, who has a rich background in VFX, has been with Foundry for six years. Prior to joining the company, she spent more than a decade in technology management and studio leadership roles at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm and Digital Domain after graduating from Stanford University.
“During a time of rapid change in creative industries, Foundry is committed to delivering innovations in workflow and future looking research,” says Madden. “As the company continues to grow, delivering further improvements in speed, quality and user-experience remains a core focus to enable our customers to meet the demands of their markets.”
“Jody is well known for her collaborative leadership style and this has been crucial in enabling our engineering, product and research teams to achieve results for our customers and build the foundation for the future,” says Simon Robinson, co-founder/chief scientist. “I have worked closely with Jody and have seen the difference she has made to the business so I am extremely excited to see where she will lead Foundry in her new role and look forward to continuing to work with her.”
UK-based Quantel and Snell have named Tim Thorsteinson as CEO. Quantel’s long-time CEO and chairman, Ray Cross, has stepped down after 10 years.
Many of you may recognize Thorsteinson’s name — he has held many senior roles in the media technology industry, including twice as the CEO of Grass Valley, president of the Broadcast division of Harris and president/CEO of Enablence. He will split his time between Newbury in the UK and Toronto, Canada.
“We are delighted to have Tim Thorsteinson join Quantel to continue the company’s transformation. Tim has a proven track record of value creation, and his knowledge and experience are a great fit to grow the combined Quantel and Snell business into a major force in the rapidly changing broadcast industry,” says Chris Hurley, managing director Lloyds Development Capital and Quantel board director. “I would also like to thank Ray for all his hard work and achievements at Quantel over the past 10 years.”
“I’m very excited to be joining Quantel,” says Thorsteinson. “It is one of the larger independent businesses in our industry, with world-class products and a rich history of innovation. I want to build on that tradition to create an organization 100 percent focused on helping our customers prosper in the media technology world.”
Those customers live in both the broadcast and post worlds, and that won’t change according to the new CEO, whose background is mostly in broadcast. “We remain very much committed to the post market going forward.”