Doug Lowther Named Irdeto CEO
Appointment Effective April 1.
Irdeto today announced that Doug Lowther will be assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer following Graham Kill’s resignation in September 2014 to pursue new opportunities based out of his native UK. Mr. Lowther joins Irdeto from International Datacasting Corporation (IDC), where he currently serves as CEO. Prior to IDC, Mr. Lowther was EVP of Irdeto’s Digital TV business and had been with the company for over nine years.
With extensive experience in digital television, IP-based services and security products, Mr. Lowther will strengthen Irdeto’s position in providing solutions for pay TV operators, over-the-top service providers, and content owners. He joins the company during a period of tremendous opportunity, evidenced by the success of its new offerings in attracting new tier-1 customers such as Liberty Global, Premier League and Charter Communications. Mr. Lowther will play a crucial leadership role in advancing this progress and further enhancing Irdeto’s portfolio.
“It is an honor for me to return to Irdeto at a time when the company holds a strong market position and is exploring many exciting areas of expansion,” said Doug Lowther. “Irdeto has been a highly innovative company for many years, and it has been inspiring to see that tradition continued with new offerings such as Keys and Credentials. I thank Graham for his leadership and mentorship over the years. I look forward to continuing Irdeto’s proud tradition of enabling operators and content owners to grow revenues through innovative solutions that deliver the world’s best content to any screen.”
“Doug Lowther is an accomplished and respected executive in the Digital TV industry, and one that Irdeto’s employees, customers and partners know well and trust,” said Graham Kill. “With security at its core, Irdeto’s long-lasting and trusted relationships with customers and partners will further develop leveraging Doug’s previous experience. I am confident that under his leadership, Irdeto will continue its strong growth trajectory. Irdeto has been an exciting personal and shared journey. Together with the wonderful people on the team, we increased revenue ten-fold through product and international expansion through all the economic cycles during that time. I am pleased Naspers chose Doug to take Irdeto to new heights.”
At IDC, Mr. Lowther led the restructuring of the business and renewed the company’s business strategy, product portfolio and leadership team. During his previous service with Irdeto, Mr. Lowther drove the creation of a product portfolio that achieved substantial revenue growth and subsequently led Irdeto’s Digital TV business as well as its global Sales, Marketing, and Corporate Development teams. Prior to joining Irdeto, Mr. Lowther held several executive roles with Nortel Networks, where he was Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Applications and the Vice President of Strategic Marketing. He has a global perspective, having lived and worked in Canada, France, Singapore, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and China. Mr. Lowther will be based in the Irdeto Hoofddorp office in his role as CEO.
Additionally, Irdeto recently appointed Andrew Bunten as Chief Financial Officer effective February 1, 2015. Prior to joining Irdeto, Andy was the CFO for Hewlett-Packard's cloud business, shepherding the company's strategic investment from the start-up phase to early maturity. Andy’s experiences are particularly relevant for Irdeto as it continues its expansion of various managed services embracing cloud infrastructures.