People- April 2002 Issue

Concurrent has promoted Vice President of Engineering and Development Robert Chism to the position of chief technology officer. In this capacity, Chism will expand upon his previous role, focusing his efforts on driving the future technology direction and system architecture evolution for the company's XSTREME division.

Encoda Systems has appointed Jack Donnelly chief information officer and vice president. Donnelly will be responsible for global information technology and service bureau activities at the company. In addition, Paul Stewart has joined Encoda as senior vice president of Sales. Under his leadership, the company's Business Management and Automation Solutions groups will be integrated into one worldwide sales unit.

Euphonix has made Rich Nevens executive vice president of Sales for the Americas. Over the last 12 years Nevens has been in charge of Euphonix's Western U.S. Sales. In his new position, he will retain direct sales responsibility for the California, Oregon, and Washington territories. In addition, Euphonix appointed Richard McKernan sales manager for South America.

Fairlight ESP has announced the appointment of Chris Pelzar to the position of chief executive officer at Fairlight USA. Based at the Fairlight New York office, Pelzar reports directly to Fairlight ESP Executive Director Kim Ryrie. Pelzar plans to rededicate the company to its core strengths in sound design, post production and mixing. He is also looking to expand the company's sales and support center in Los Angeles and to open a center in the mid-West.

Hollywood Digital has added Inferno artist Doug Spilatro to its team. He will begin working on spots for McDonald's and Sprint Yellow Pages. Previously he had been engaged in a two-year working relationship with Sight Effects, an effects house in Venice, CA.

nCUBE recently promoted President Michael Pohl, to the chief executive officer position. Prior to joining nCUBE in 1999, Pohl served as president and CEO of SkyConnect, a cable ad insertion company acquired by nCUBE. He is a board member of ACTV and a member of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing.

There's a new Director of Product Management at Pace Micro Technology. Derrick Fitzgerald has been hired on by the company's worldwide interactive cable division. In this position, Fitzgerald will be responsible for managing Pace's digital cable home gateway set-top product line to meet the needs of the North American cable market.

Panasonic Systems Sales Company (PSSC) recently promoted Frank De Fina to president of the newly-created Panasonic Digital Communications & Security Company. In his new position, De Fina will be responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing of security, medical, and telecommunication systems in the U.S. De Fina was serving as joint president of the Panasonic Security & Digital Imaging Company and the Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company (PBTS).

Plus8Video has tapped Neal Ogasawara to head up its new in-house optical department. Ogasawara will oversee operations in the department, which will service, repair, and develop lenses in Plus8's rental inventory. Ogasawara comes from a six-year stint at Fujinon, where he handled the repair and calibration of optics and the troubleshooting of electronic controllers.

Jeff Beaulieu has been named the director of Sales, Television, and Visual Effects for The Post Group. He will be responsible for growing the company's visual effects and television business. Beaulieu had served as an account executive for the company from 1986-1991. He founded Believe Entertainment in 2001.

Mark Hayes is making a new home at Scharff Weisberg, where he has been hired on as the shop tech manager. He will be involved in many of the company's staging projects and will help the company package and develop equipment and systems.

Thales Broadcast & Multimedia has appointed Mark Kearns chairman and CEO of its U.S. operations, headquartered in Southwick, MA. He will spearhead U.S.-based activities, including broadcast, multimedia, wireless, and test and measurement activities. He replaces Jerry Chase, who accepted a promotion to chairman and CEO of Thales Broadcast & Multimedia's global headquarters in Conflans, France.

Weather Central has appointed Anne VanDerGeest director of New Business Development. In this capacity, she will be responsible for identifying international opportunities and partners to expand the company's business in Canada and South America.

Jeffrey Evans has been named to the position of president and chief executive officer at Will-Burt. Evans has been with the company since 1994, and most recently served as president and chief operating officer. He will be responsible for strategically focusing Will-Burt's efforts both domestically and internationally.