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GatesAir has appointed Barbara Spicek as CEO with immediate effect. She joins GatesAir from her position as president and general manager for NewTek, part of the Vizrt Group, heading the company’s live production business.
Bruce Swail, CEO since 2017, is retiring from GatesAir after several years of sustained performance, most notably optimizing the company’s position in the FCC Spectrum Repack program.
GatesAir says Spicek will apply her ability to define a company’s direction and success, and sees the opportunity to grow the company’s international footprint and expand products and solutions into exciting new areas.
“GatesAir’s longevity speaks for itself, and we will continue to innovate for the global over-the-air broadcast market,” said Spicek. “Business opportunities for TV, FM and digital radio systems continue to grow worldwide, and GatesAir’s Intraplex networking business has flourished as broadcasters accelerate their IP transitions. I see clear opportunities for GatesAir to bring new cloud and software-based solutions to market, both within its product portfolio and in collaboration with Thomson Broadcast and an extended ecosystem. That adds up to phenomenal growth opportunity for GatesAir, fueled through a strong company foundation anchored by Thomson’s supportive ownership.”
Aby Alexander, president – USA, Thomson Broadcast, said, “Barbara brings an amazing skillset to GatesAir that assures continued business growth through her proven track record as a proactive, innovative and strategic business leader. Her ability to define a company’s business direction and corporate culture aligns well with our vision to move the GatesAir brand into exciting new places.”