Celebrating 2011’s Many Achievements, and Visions of Multi-Screen in 2012: Insights from CEO Tom Munro
2011 has been a very busy year at Verimatrix, full of challenges, opportunities, milestones and recognition, including multiple award nominations and wins. One such nod was for our CEO and Chief Visionary, Tom Munro, who was shortlisted for a Euro50 Award in the Technology Leader category for his contributions to the pay-TV industry as a whole. Although Tom didn’t walk away with the trophy, he was recognized alongside other industry visionaries at the Awards gala in London, where we were delighted to host a great mix of partners and customers at our table. As part of its Awards coverage, Digital TV Europe asked Tom to reflect on his accomplishments in 2011, and provide his vision for 2012. Here is an excerpt of the interview.
1. What for you were the professional highlights of the last year? We delivered a number of multi-network, multi-screen projects to our customers, and we completed the acquisition of an excellent technology company (Comvenient, a DVB conditional access specialist based in Munich). Plus, our company passed an important milestone as we added our 500th operator customer. 2. What was the year’s most significant wider industry development in your opinion? The embrace of multi-screen delivery by pay-TV operators. It’s hard to believe that the iPad was launched less than two years ago, when it seems that every pay-TV operator is now racing to support tablets along with mobile phones, Blu-ray players and connected TVs. 3. What are your goals for next year? The complexity of multi-network, multi-screen systems poses a huge challenge for pay-TV operators. We have a great solution to abstract away much of the complexity and related cost. In 2012, our plan is to take a leading market position for these rollouts. 4. What do you think are the main challenges and opportunities facing the industry over the next year? Challenges are global economic concerns and the complexity of multi-screen systems. Opportunities are the half-completed transition from analog to digital networks, and the fact that pay-TV will be ascendant as the legacy advertising model erodes. 5. What would have been your career of choice if you had not worked in the digital TV/media industry? There are other industries? I’m very intrigued by biotech and the medical advances that are being driven by an aging population and new genetic advances. 6. Which individual in the public eye do you most admire and why? Well, I certainly appreciate the unique entrepreneurial spirit of Steve Jobs. To start a business in the garage and make it the most valuable company in the world, to return from exile, create a powerful culture and brand – that’s quite a life story.