GlobeCast Australia Taps Simon Farnsworth to Succeed Mike Lattin as CEO

GlobeCast Australia today announced the retirement of its CEO Mike Lattin, who will continue with the company in an advisory role. Simon Farnsworth as been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

“This is an excellent growth path for GlobeCast Australia and our customers,” says GlobeCast Australia Chairman Peter Cosgrove. “Simon brings outstanding new knowledge and leadership skills, and we retain the benefit of Mike’s unique expertise, earned over more than 45 years in international broadcasting. Mike has led GlobeCast Australia over the past nine years to become the leading broadcast services provider covering Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands with a relentless focus on our customers that will continue. Mike is a legend.”

Farnsworth has worked for 10 years with the GlobeCast Group, most recently as Global Head of the GlobeCast Group’s Broadcast Contribution services.

“I am delighted to continue with GlobeCast Australia in my new capacity and to assist Simon and his team,” says Lattin. “He is a talented executive with a talented team delivering at the leading edge of global broadcasting.”

Farnsworth adds: “I am very excited about growing our business and building on Mike’s extraordinary achievements. In the past 10 years, I’ve worked in the United Kingdom and held board roles in Hong Kong, India, and Singapore, and my new home base — covering Australasia and the Pacific Islands — is one of the most dynamic broadcasting markets in the world. I am completely committed to continuing to deliver the excellent service levels that our customers demand.”

Lattin has held senior management and programming roles at each of Australia’s commercial TV networks, held similar roles internationally, and was Head of the Optus Television subscription TV platform. In 2001 he became a Director and CEO of MediaSat, which later merged with GlobeCast Australia. Lattin was appointed CEO of the newly merged company in 2003.