NDS Group announced the appointment of Dave Habiger as
chief executive officer, and that in his continuing role with the company, Abe
Peled, previously chairman and CEO, will assume the full time position of
Dave Habiger, 42, began his career in media as a founder
of Providence Productions. In 1992 he began working with the founding members
of Sonic Solutions, later playing an important role in the company’s IPO in
1994. As president and COO he organized and managed a global software
development team, later becoming CEO in 2005.
As CEO of Sonic, he leveraged his 15 year partnership
with the Hollywood studios to help move the industry from DVD distribution to
internet delivery of movies and TV shows, establishing a leadership role as one
of the largest global providers of premium movies and TV shows via the Web and
consumer electronic devices.
Dave led the company to a reinvention of its core
business, leading to the sale of Sonic to Rovi Corporation in early 2011. In
2011 Dave was chosen as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2009
as The American Business Defense and Advisory Council Entrepreneur of the Year.
After 16 rewarding years at the helm of NDS, the time
has come to start the transition to the leadership that will take NDS forward
over the next decade and beyond. NDS has a strong and experienced management
team, and an unparalleled cadre of talented and dedicated employees with a
proven track record in pay-TV; it has been a privilege to work with them to
establish NDS as the market leader in this area. Dave brings to NDS experience
as a CEO, and a passion and record of accomplishment in the areas of new media
and web delivery that will be increasingly important to NDS and its customers
over the next decade. I remain committed to the continuing long term success of
NDS,” Abe Peled said.
Peled will focus on providing strategic, operational, and
customer relationship continuity and will support Dave with this new challenge
in every way possible. This continuity will ensure to continue and invest in
technology, deliver new products and systems, and outstanding customer support,
can continue to count on NDS to help their business prosper.
“Having spent the last two decades working to help
deliver personal and premium content to as many people as possible I am
thrilled to continue that journey with the market leader in the delivery of
pay-television worldwide. The industry will be going through significant
changes over the next few years as it embraces over-the-top broadband delivery
to expand customer choice and convenience,” Dave Habiger said.
By Telecomlead.com Team