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Friend MTS hires Simon Williamson

As the company’s new chief commercial officer (CCO), Williamson is responsible for driving global business growth while strengthening Friend MTS’ position in the content protection industry

Friend MTS has named Simon Williamson as CCO to drive its global business growth.

In his new role, Williamson’s key priorities will be to support Friend MTS’ growing business in North America and Asia-Pacific, and to further strengthen the company’s position in content protection against streaming piracy. His responsibilities also include worldwide sales, marketing and the development of technology partnerships.

Williamson said: “In addition to driving business expansion, I’m really looking forward to building relationships with Friend MTS’ existing client base, which includes industry titans such as Sky, Premier League, BT Sport, CBS, NBC Sports, Univision and DirecTV Latin America.”

Williamson joins Friend MTS from Amdocs, a provider of software and services to telecoms and media companies, where he was its vice-president client business. Prior to Amdocs, he held leadership positions at technology start-up JacobsRimell and Thompson Reuters.

Jonathan Friend, CEO of Friend MTS, commented: “We’re seeing significant growth in the adoption of our theft prevention technologies — including our ASiD watermarking service — to protect against revenue loss to pirate IPTV and other illicit video services.

“Simon’s knowledge and track record in driving growth through an innovative and consultative approach to business development gels well with our position and reputation in the market.”

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