Ex-BT Broadcast Solutions Head Rayner to Lead Nevion’s Ventura Product Management

Video transport provider Nevion has appointed former BT Broadcast Solutions head, Andrew Rayner, as director of Ventura product management. Based in the UK, he will work closely with Nevion’s research and development centers in Europe and the US to further develop the global positioning and functionality of the Ventura video transport product range.

Rayner joined BT in 1998 and held a number of key roles, including technical consultant, lead developer and, most recently, head of broadcast solutions at BT Innovate & Design. He was also responsible for all media and broadcast program deliveries, was the prime consultant for broadcast and media sector bids, and led the innovation that created the BT Global Media Network – the first and largest media-optimized global IP network.

“With 20 years of industry experience, Andrew knows the TV, radio and media industries inside out. We’re delighted to attract someone of his caliber,” says Oddbjørn Bergem, CEO, Nevion. “With his expertise in telecoms Andrew will be a great addition to the team, taking ownership of, and driving, the Ventura product line across Europe.”

Rayner has been involved in several key network deliveries while at BT, including the UK digital switchover, the Channel 4 distribution network, ITV contribution/distribution networks, and the BT Global Media Network. He’s been awarded the Martlesham Gold Medal – the highest accolade presented for technical achievement in BT – and has also served on the committee of the International Broadcasting Convention.

“I’m pleased to be working with the team at Nevion and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” says Rayner. “The Ventura product line is a highly innovative range and has already made tremendous strides, so I’m keen to get stuck in and continue to drive product innovation.”