HACKETTSTOWN, NJ, AUGUST 7, 2008 – Twenty-four year microwave industry veteran Stephen W. Shpock has recently joined The Vitec Group RF Systems (VGRFS) as the company’s new president and managing director. VGRFS is a business unit of the Broadcast Systems Division of The Vitec Group, plc. It is comprised of the leading wireless link companies Microwave Services Corporation (MSC), a leading microwave repair facility; Nucomm, a major global provider of fixed and wireless links; and RF Central, a leading distributor and integrator of microwave products. In his new position, Shpock will oversee all three of these prestigious U.S.-based companies and be responsible for their operations worldwide.
“My goal is to ensure that The Vitec Group RF Systems’ companies maintain their reputations as the leading specialists in microwave wireless transmission across the globe,” Shpock says. “I’m proud to take the reins during this historic transition to digital broadcasting, when the speed, cost and bandwidth capabilities inherent to microwave wireless transmission will find more appreciation and application than ever before.”
“The Vitec Group is excited to have Stephen spearheading its RF Systems unit,” says Joop Janssen, CEO, The Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. “Stephen’s 24-year industry insight will undoubtedly be an asset. Through his leadership, Nucomm, MSC and RF Central will continue to flourish as leading microwave technology providers and will enhance their global positions within the broadcast sector.”
Prior to his current role, Shpock was CEO of Thales Components Corporation, where he was responsible for all North American component activities for the multinational Thales Group. Previous to that position, he served as COO of MCE Technologies, where he led the strategic direction and coordination of all global manufacturing, engineering and marketing activities. He has also held various positions at Litton Electron Devices, now a component of L3.
Shpock has a BEE from Stevens Institute of Technology, an MEE and a DEE from the University of Utah, and an MBA from the University of Rochester. As president of VGRFS, he is based at Nucomm headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ.
Microwave Service Corporation (MSC) is a premiere international microwave equipment service facility and equipment supplier that provides the broadcast industry with superior microwave radio rental, sales and service. The company offers a full line of fixed and portable microwave equipment from 2GHz to 40GHz including antennas and accessory assemblies. It services equipment, old and new. MSC, along with RF Central and Nucomm, forms The Vitec Group RF Systems business unit, part of The Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. For more information about Nucomm, visit www.nucomm.com.
Nucomm, Inc. is a worldwide provider of premier digital and analog video microwave systems (including COFDM and VSB) for the broadcasting industry’s portable and fixed link applications. Offering video microwave transmission equipment for the military, law enforcement, telecom and cable television circuits, Nucomm’s products have helped revolutionize live broadcast coverage of major outdoor events including sports, auto racing, marathons and parades. Nucomm, along with RF Central and Microwave Service Company, forms The Vitec Group RF Systems business unit, part of The Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. For more information about Nucomm, visit www.nucomm.com.
About RF Central
RF Central, LLC manufactures and supplies state-of-the-art microwave equipment to television broadcast and government customers throughout the United States. As one of the premier suppliers of broadcast equipment required to complete the 2 GHz BAS transition, RF Central has grown from a few employees in 2005 to over 60 full-time dedicated professionals today. Located in Carlisle, PA, RF Central also provides specialized integration, installation, and engineering services. RF Central is marked by its unique qualifications within the industry, its focus on customer service and its dedication to expanding and improving the terrestrial microwave options available to customers. RF Central, along with Microwave Service Company and Nucomm, forms The Vitec Group RF Systems business unit, part of The Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. For more information about Nucomm, visit www.nucomm.com.
About The Vitec Group plc
The Vitec Group plc is acknowledged as a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcasting, entertainment and photographic industries and has established a reputation for technical excellence and superior engineering along with an astute business strategy which has seen it grow by acquisition. Innovation is a cornerstone of the Group’s activities and the organization is committed to a policy of continuous product development. With revenues (2007) of $546m (£274m) and over 2200 employees world-wide, its products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through a strong, fully-resourced distribution network or direct to the end user or corporate customer. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.
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