Monday, 27 September 2010
Pace plc, the world's leading provider of digital set-top box technologies, has has announced the appointment of Dr Mark Loughran, currently Managing Director of Nokia UK & Ireland, as the President of a new business division, Pace Enterprise.
Mark will join Pace's Executive Leadership Team, reporting to CEO Neil Gaydon, on 1 October to spearhead the development of Pace's international IP, gateway and Networks businesses as part of the Group's strategy to enable converged digital services for operators.
Neil Gaydon, Chief Executive Officer of Pace plc, comments: "Mark has a strong entrepreneurial flair with a track record in creating and growing new businesses. With our industry evolving towards digital convergence into and around the home, the new Pace Enterprise division will accelerate our work with many of the world's most successful payTV operators as well as open up new markets and technology growth opportunities for the Group. I'm delighted that Mark is joining Pace at this time to lead this initiative as part of my Executive Team."
Dr Mark Loughran added: "I'm very excited to be joining Pace with the opportunities for growth that lie ahead for the Group. I have been impressed by the dynamism of the people, their customer focus, the success of the business and the strength of ambition to win in the digital convergence market. I look forward to becoming part of Pace and leading the new Enterprise division to make this a reality".
As Managing Director of Nokia UK and Ireland Limited and member of the European Leadership, Team Mark's responsibilities have covered sales, marketing, finance, logistics and customer care. He has overseen the successful launch of many new devices, ensuring Nokia regained and remained number one in the UK&I market and the successful launch and rapid growth of Nokia's Ovi internet services and Apps. Mark joined Nokia in June 2007 as their first Sales Director before taking on a wider remit as Sales and Channel Director and then as Managing Director in November 2009. Prior to joining Nokia, Mark spent 14 years with GlaxoSmithKline, most notably as Vice
President Sales and Marketing and member of the GSK European Executive team, responsible for many of the organisations major brands. Mark also spent six years abroad as a Managing Director of both single and multi countries.
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