2019 Devoncroft Executive Summit | Las Vegas: Speakers
Founder & Chairman
Andy Bechtolsheim is a serial entrepreneur and engineer, and investor. He co-founded Arista Networks in 2005, and became its chairman and chief development officer in 2008.
Andy co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982, along with Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla, and Scott McNealy, and served as the company’s Chief System Architect.
In 1995, Andy founded and served as president of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet startup acquired by Cisco Systems in 1996 for $200 million. From 1996 until 2003 Andy served as VP/GM of the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco that developed the very successful Catalyst 4500 family of switches. Andy was also a Founder and President of Kealia, a next-generation server company acquired by Sun in 2004.
As a investor, Bechtolsheim has been involved in the formation and funding of multiple companies including Brocade Networks (acquired by Broadcom in 2017), Tasmania Network Systems (acquired by Cisco in 1999), Tapulous (acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 2010), VMware (acquired by EMC in 2003), and Mellanox, (IPO in 2007, acquired by Nvidia in 2019 for $6.9 billion).
Notably, in September 1998, Andy became one of the first investors in Google, prior to the company’s legal incorporation.
Andy received an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and was a Ph.D. Student at Stanford University from 1977 until 1982.
In 2015, Andy and Arista president and CEO Jayshree Ullal were named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winners.
Vishal is an innovative, result-oriented leader with extensive experience in designing, developing and deploying large scale enterprise solutions.
As SVP Technology at Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd., Vishal is responsible for defining and implementing the corporation’s technology roadmap.
Previously at Verizon Communications, he successfully led digital and mobile initiatives for revenue growth and enhanced profitability across its wireline and wireless businesses.
He is proficient in leveraging data analytics and business intelligence to positively impact revenues and enabling a seamless digital experience.
Vishal is known as a motivational leader with effective communication and presentation skills who connects with both employees and CXOs. He has proven track record of building high performing offshore delivery teams with focus on next generation technology stack and business goals.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Cotney is CEO of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.
Cotney has spent more than two decades of his 30-year career partnering with, selling to, and competing in the telecommunications and mobile technology industries. His impressive resume includes serving as General Manager of the Communications Sector at IBM Global Services, where he was responsible for nearly 8,500 employees and more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue. He has served twice as Chairman of the annual IBM Employee Charitable Campaign for the United Way, raising more than $3.5 million for their various causes.
Before joining Imagine, Cotney was CEO at cloud-based mobile messaging provider Mblox. Through a series of M&A transactions and operational consolidations, Cotney was instrumental in restoring the company’s brand and profitability, and by 2015, it was ranked number two in the world. Mblox was acquired the following year by the number one-ranked company in the space, Stockholm-based CLX Communications.
Prior to his tenure with Mblox, Cotney served as CEO and board member for a number of privately held companies, including Air2Web, a company founded in the Atlanta Technology Development Center by the Carlyle Group. There, Cotney delivered a 100% return on equity invested by Carlyle after three years of operation in a sale to a buyer from the European Union in 2011.
Cotney graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, and has completed executive programs in Strategic Execution and Negotiation at the Harvard Business and Law schools respectively.
Head of Technology
Roger Crothers is a technology leader with more than 27 years experience in a variety of fields including software development, support, project delivery and managing change. He has extensive experience in both public and private sector organisations in a variety of industries.
Roger has delivered structural and complex business changes many times, whilst implementing appropriate technology solutions and streamlining operational processes. He has extensive knowledge of organisational change management, employee relations and large scale structural changes including outsourced service provision.
He is a Chartered member of the British Computer Society, Chartered IT Professional and Chartered Engineer. Certified Practitioner in Prince 2, MSP, MoP, MoR and ITIL Expert accredited in Service Management.
EVP European & Sports Technology
Global Head of Technology & Operations
Simon Farnsworth is EVP Global Broadcast Technology and Operations based in London where he is responsible for 450 TV Channels globally in the Sports and Factual domains. He is also responsible for the overall Engineering effort for the Olympic Games overseeing what goes on both in Olympic Countries and Discovery’s European Production Centers. Simon is Chairman of the board of Discovery’s UK Holding Company and is also a Board Member of the Sports Video Group.
Prior to Discovery, Farnsworth served as CEO of Telstra Broadcast Services in Sydney following the acquisition of Globecast where he also served as chief executive. He started his career with Globecast in the UK in 2003 serving in several capacities including Head of Globecast Group’s Broadcast Services division in 2009 where he was responsible for the management of the sport and news businesses globally and also as Director of Globecast Hong Kong, Globecast Asia (Singapore) and Globecast India. He moved into the role of Chief Executive Officer of Globecast Australia in 2012 and was responsible for growing the business in the Australasian region.
He is a graduate of Loughborough University in Sports Science and Chemistry.
VP Media & Technology Architecture
Steve Fish is vice president Media and Technology Architecture Turner International, responsible for leading the strategic direction of the content supply chain technology solutions across the Turner International group, to balance efficient operations with high agility ready to service new product offerings.
He took up this role in Jan 2016 having lead the Technology and Operations group for Turner EMEA.
Steve has been in the media industry for his whole career specialising in transforming Media Supply Chain technology and broadcasting from both a technology and operations perspective, he has been actively involved in various industry bodies working on standards and standardisation particularly in areas of interoperability, interchange and sharing.
EVP Technology and Broadcast Strategy
Richard Friedel is the Executive Vice President of Technology and Broadcast Systems for 21st Century Fox, where he has been actively involved in the planning for New Fox and the integration of Fox’s business with The Walt Disney Company.
As EVP and General Manager of Fox Network Engineering and Operations (NE&O), Richard oversaw the company’s long-term technology strategy, and provided support for FOX’s national and regional television businesses, including the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and the Fox Houston Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports’ regional networks, and 14 regional production centers. He was a member of the team that launched Fox News Channel.
Before joining FOX, Friedel served in various positions at Capital Cities/ABC, NBC News and local television stations.
Friedel is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and a life member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He serves as President of the Video Services Forum, President of the North American Broadcasters Association, and is the immediate past Chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee.
Friedel was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters with the 2015 NAB Engineering Achievement Award, bestowed to individuals nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering.
In 2018, Friedel was awarded a lifetime achievement Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Chief Technology Officer
Adde Granberg is the CTO, Technology Director, and Head of Production at Swedish Television (SVT). His remit includes overseeing more than 700 staff involved in the production of live events across Sweden.
His current focus is moving SVT towards an IP and cloud-based future.
Adde is a pioneer of IP-enabled remote production (REMI) of live events. He was responsible for managing the remote TV production of the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Granberg pushed the envelope further in February 2019, when he was the technical architect and executive producer of what is believed to be the largest-ever remote production of a single live event – the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. More than 80 cameras along the course were linked by two 100GbE circuits to three control rooms in Stockholm where the event was produced and broadcast to more than 1 billion people worldwide.
Previously, he was the Head of Production at SVT from 2010 to 2017, where he successfully improved the technical infrastructure and workflows at the broadcaster.
From 1994 until 2010 he ran his own broadcast consultancy, where he began to specialize in live events – managing the broadcast operations and directing high-profile sporting events such as the UEFA Champions League, Women’s Euro Championship, the World Ice Hockey Championships, and World Athletics Championships.
Adde has worked in the television industry since 1991. He started out his career at Swedish youth channel ZTV as a sound engineer, which gave him the perfect grounding in TV production and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience about broadcast production and post-production operations.
VP Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment
John Honeycutt is Vice President of Media & Entertainment at Google Cloud.
He previously served as the chief technology officer of Discovery Communications, also holding various positions over the course of fifteen years at the company.
As Discovery Communications CTO, Honeycutt led the consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. He oversaw developing and implementing a long-term, cloud-first technology strategy to enable Discovery’s growing pay-TV, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services.
Prior to that role, he served as chief operating officer for Discovery’s international division based in London. He was part of the team that made Discovery Networks International the most successful international pay television operation in the world, expanding the portfolio into 220 countries and territories in nearly 50 languages.
Honeycutt held additional senior executive management roles at Discovery and Fox Broadcasting Company, and he began his career at Liberty Media.
Honeycutt is a recipient of Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Award and was named a 2015 Broadcasting & Cable Digital All-Star. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Fitchburg State College.
VP Operations, Engineering, & Distribution
Renard Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry.
In addition to his current responsibilities for the strategic direction, operational and engineering management of PBS’ entire media-supply chain, he also leads PBS’ Advanced Format Center (AFC). This is a collaborative venture between PBS, member stations, vendors and manufacturers. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of 4K/UltraHD, High Dynamic Range content with Immersive Audio through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms.
Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and post production departments.
From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. While at Discovery, he also served as the operational lead for the implementation of what was then the largest file based Avid Editing/Interplay/ISIS system installation in the U.S.
Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades. Jenkins was responsible for helping move CNN into the file-based editing/delivery/archive environment through his R&D/Training work with industry leaders such as Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Adobe, Leitch, Pinnacle, and Sony. His volunteer work with local youth in his beloved Bay Area also earned him a Healthy Image Award from the Local Teamsters Union.
Today, Jenkins serves as the Eastern Regional Governor of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group. He is active within the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). He is also on the Board of Directors for the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and he is the advisor to the PBS Equity and Inclusion committee.
Media Business Consultsant
Christy King provides technology leadership and change management expertise to video content and advertising creators in the media industry. She also helps technology vendors better explain their services by producing compelling video content distributed on a variety of today’s digital platforms. Additionally, Christy recently co-authored a book “Solve the Problem Right the First Time” that instructs organizations on using a successful process for investigating technology vendors and choosing the right solution.
Christy spent nine years leading technology R&D projects and managing multiple tech vendors for Zuffa, LLC sports entertainment brands, including the UFC® (Ultimate Fighting Championship®). She served as COO for a software company in the production marketplace and sold her mobile video startup company VidLasso.
Christy developed early expertise in “the web” in 1994 when she accidentally built a commercial website, one of only 500 commercial websites then existing. Even during the early days of the web, she envisioned interesting possibilities to come for video producers who would be able to more easily develop and distribute content as the digital landscape evolved.
SVP, Media Technology and Development
Holding an educational background that balances computer science with diverse influences including philosophy and anthropology, Koetter has been involved in media technology his entire professional career.
After receiving a masters degree from Georgia Tech, he took a job at a large postproduction company that was remaking itself as a web-integrator in Atlanta. From there he worked at the BBC for several years, building file based production systems for several BBC divisions. Koetter has since worked at CNN, then Turner corporate.
He is currently accountable for the delivery of several technology services to Turner, including News & Sports Production Systems, Post Production Systems, Content Supply Chain Systems, and Broadcast Technology Infrastructure Systems.
Group Director of Content Processing
Throughout Darren’s career, he has been one of the pioneers in changing the way the world watches TV, overseeing the technical, operational and innovation across Sky Sports for over 16 years – from developing the first ultra-motion high speed camera systems to the induction of the first UK interactive TV services through to the introduction of the first live HD & 3D Premier League and Champion League production world delivery.
Following seven years as Director of Sky Production Services, Darren is now leading the Content Processing workstream within Sky’s Group Content Supply Chain Programme.
He is responsible for the creation and performance of our next generation content processing factory, across the Sky group to optimize shared and local content delivery utilizing the very latest cloud-based processing and delivery innovation happening in the media industry today.
Chief Product Officer
Steve Plunkett is a technology executive with 25 years of international experience in the telco, finance, media and Internet industries. He is a recognized product/technology visionary with proven track record of anticipating and harnessing new technologies for business growth.
Previously, Steve was the Chief Technology Officer at Ericsson Broadcast & Media Services from 2014-2018, where he was responsible for technology and data strategy, platform development, R&D, industry engagement, IPR management and innovation for Broadcast & Media Services globally. Steve served as CTO of Red Bee Media from 2009 – 2014, prior to its acquisition by Ericsson.
Steve is currently Chief Product Officer at Supponor, an augmented reality ad replacement company that works with sports leagues and event venues to drive incremental revenues through personalized ad replacement.
In 2018 Steve founded InnovAItor (named for its combination of Innovation and AI) to help companies improve, transform and grow by taking advantage of new technologies, architectures and platforms such as the cloud, microservices and AI/ML. InnovAItor helps companies use rapidly advancing breakthroughs in machine/deep learning in fields such as computer vision, natural language understanding and structured data processing to improve their business by implementing data driven workflows and platforms, increasing operational efficiency through augmentation/automation and improving how they design, build and ship software-based products and services.
Retired, Ski Bum, Media Industry Advisor
Michel Proulx is a Media Industry technologist and executive with more than 35 years of experience working with leading manufacturers and broadcasters in the television industry.
Since retiring as CTO of Miranda Technologies at the end of 2012 Michel has split his time between perfecting the art of being a ski bum, and consulting for a number of broadcasters and broadcast industry vendors.
Michel’s current focus is helping broadcasters understand and navigate the rapidly evolving OTT distribution landscape and transitioning to IT and IP based infrastructures.
He is currently involved with a major project at Radio Canada / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for the re-building of the Maison Radio Canada, the Canadian broadcaster’s flagship French Language Production and Playout facility in Montreal. Positioning the broadcaster to be able to adapt to rapidly changing production and distribution needs, the new facility will feature an all IP infrastructure and a combination of fixed function hardware, software defined hardware and virtualized software sub systems.
Michel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Software from the University of Waterloo. Michel is an active member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Chief Executive Officer
Angel is an accomplished leader in the TMT arena with a career profile of building and leading a multi-billion dollar profitable business over a 15-year period. As the Head of Ericsson North America from 2001-2016, he was responsible for growing the business from half-a-billion dollars to over $9B, based on a vision of customer success, great people and flawless execution. Under his leadership, Ericsson became the number one provider of telecommunications solutions and services in the U.S. and Canada. Subsequently, he served as Chairman of Americas for Ericsson before assuming leadership of Ericsson Media Solutions in 2017.
In 2010, Ruiz was awarded the Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award from the University of Texas at Dallas for supporting and enabling activities such as research with UT Dallas faculty. Ruiz has been on numerous advisory boards, representing Ericsson. In 2012, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Technology and Business Council named him CEO of the year for his numerous contributions to the area and the telecommunications industry.
Ruiz served on CTIA’s Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee for more than a decade. In addition, he has chaired the CTIA’s Suppliers’ Council.
In 2013, President Barack Obama named Ruiz as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. In 2014, Ruiz was appointed to the board of directors for Liberty Mutual Holding Company, the parent corporation of the Liberty Mutual Insurance group of entities.
Ruiz joined Ericsson in 1990 and has held a variety of technical, sales and managerial positions within the company. He has worked abroad in managerial and customer support assignments in Mexico, Venezuela and Sweden. Before joining Ericsson, Ruiz held various positions with Sprint, AT&T and Bell Atlantic.
Ruiz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Management Science and Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Josh Stinehour is a principal analyst with Devoncroft Partners, a provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients and institutional investors. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and trade shows in the media technology sector.
Prior to joining Devoncroft, Mr. Stinehour was a managing director at Silverwood Partners in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. While at Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour executed a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and private placements. Before joining Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour worked in various positions at EMC Corporation including as a software programmer and later as an analyst on integration teams for EMC’s acquisitions of Documentum, Legato, and VMWare.
Josh loves NBA basketball (especially LeBron James) and college football. Curiously however, he does not enjoy college basketball and pro football.
He holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, an MS in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS in computer science from Union College. Mr. Stinehour is a CFA charterholder.
President, Chairman, and CEO
John Stroup has served as president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Belden Inc. since October 2005. He was elected Chairman of the Board in November 2016.
His corporate direction and strategic oversight of Belden’s operations helped grow the Company’s revenue from $1.2 billion in 2005 to $2.59 billion in 2018. Under his leadership, Belden has transformed from a provider of high quality cable products to a leading manufacturer of end-to-end networking and connectivity solutions.
John previously served at Danaher Corp., joining in 2000 as vice president, Business Development. He was promoted to president of a division of Danaher’s Motion Group and later to group executive of the Motion Group. Earlier, he was vice president of Marketing and general manager with Scientific Technologies, Inc.
Since 2008, John has served on the Board of Directors for privately-held Barry-Wehmiller and publically-held Rexnord Corp. As part of Rexnord’s board, he serves on the Audit and Compensation committees. For his work with Barry-Wehmiller, John was awarded as one of St. Louis Business Journal’s Outstanding Directors in 2013.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Executive Director, Engineering Solutions
With 30 years of technological experience, François joined the Canadian Broadcaster in 2005. Today, Executive Director of Engineering Solutions, his group is made up of 135 professionals.
As Executive Director of Engineering Solutions, he is responsible for establishing the technological architecture’s standards as well as planning and managing the Capital Plan for all the technological needs of the organization, including the French and English media.
Finally, he is responsible for all of CBC / Radio-Canada’s technical deployments.
SVP, Network Operations
Brad Wall is Senior Vice President, Network Operations for the Disney|ABC Television Group, part of the Media Networks Segment of The Walt Disney Company.
In this position, Wall oversees the Broadcast Operations teams in New York for the ABC Television Network, as well as the Burbank, California-based Cable Networks Operations teams. These include playout/Master Control, Broadcast Graphics, Creative Services/Studios and Broadcast Traffic. Currently, Brad is leading the effort across ABC and the Cable Networks Group with “Cloud-based Playout.” This project puts DATG channel playout and Master Control into a fully virtualized and private cloud-based environment that is more agile, flexible and responsive to new revenue models and to delivering new kinds of programming experiences.
Prior to this, he and his team led the deployment of a wide-reaching Media Asset Management program across Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Jr. and ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2013-2014. This was a transformative project, designed to streamline operations, support the move to digital and IP workstreams, all the while supporting the growing complexities of media distribution to a rapidly growing number of platforms and products.
Wall first joined Disney|ABC in 1997 as a Media Designer/Editor with ABC News in New York. He left for Fox Sports in 1999 and held various production, editorial and digital media positions before returning to ABC in 2002.
From 2002 to 2007 Wall held a number of management positions with ABC Family and the larger ABC News and ABC Sports Broadcast Graphics & Post Production departments in New York. He led dozens of projects in these roles, focusing on maximizing operational efficiencies while still meeting the complex needs of an content driven client base with on-air critical deadlines.
In 2007 Wall was promoted to Director, Production & Operations for ABC News Digital. In this role he led the technical operations, broadcast production and media delivery teams across ABCNews.com and the 24-hour digital channel, ABC News Now. His teams developed and deployed groundbreaking methods of live digital broadcasting and on-demand video production for the digital news audience across a number of web, cable and mobile platforms. These ABC News digital platforms saw record-breaking audiences during the 2008 Presidential election and inauguration to which his production and operations teams led the way.
Prior to his current position in Burbank, Wall served as Executive Director, Studios for ABC News from 2009-2012. In this position, he oversaw all live studio and control room production teams for Good Morning America, World News, 20/20, Nightline, World News Now, America this Morning and Breaking News/Special Events. He also served as the studio team lead for the development and deployment of the first automated control room at the Network News level – delivering millions in yearly savings to the Company. He worked closely with Engineering and ABC News editorial teams across all programs to implement cutting-edge workflows and technologies to support the business and broadcasts. These included studio redesigns, studio technical upgrades, streamlined workforces and efficienct production-based technologies wherever possible.
Wall is a member of the Texas Christian University Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Communications where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film with a focus on Production. He resides in Studio City, California.
CTO Engineering & Chief Architect
As CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems, Dave defines the strategy, design and development of the division’s transport and mobility equipment, core, edge and access routers, and operating system.
He leads research and development of new technology via tight partnerships with customers and academia and his work is found in multiple standards bodies. He also works closely with packetcom providers on the evolution and architecture of their networks and emerging services.
David has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an heirloom tomato farm along the St Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin. He is also a volunteer Fire Captain for the Loma Chiquita Fire Department.
Joe is the founder of Devoncroft Partners, a leading provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients.
Devoncroft publishes a variety of syndicated market research reports, including the annual Big Broadcast Survey, the largest and most comprehensive study of the professional audio and video market. In addition to syndicated research reports, Devoncroft is frequently retained for custom projects by some of the world’s leading brands, including technology suppliers, media companies, large consulting firms, educational establishments, private equity firms, investment banks, and financial institutions.
Joe has a BA in Philosophy and a BSc in Business Administration from Villanova University, where he developed a lifelong love of (watching) college basketball. He also received an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine; and completed various executive courses at the Richard Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, and Stanford University.
Joe and his long-suffering wife live in San Diego, CA with their three daughters and two dogs.