23rd October, Oslo, Norway – Appear, the global leader in media processing and delivery technology, today announces the appointment of Andy Rayner as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this pivotal role, Andy will steer the technological strategy, ensuring Appear remains at the forefront of customer-centric innovation.
“I’m delighted that Andy has joined us and look forward to working with him on Appear’s future technology strategy and product roadmap,” said Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen, CEO at Appear. “His 35 years of industry experience and active involvement in crucial industry standard bodies, makes Andy the ideal person to ensure we continue to provide market-leading solutions that make a real difference to our customers.”
Andy brings a wealth of experience from his 13-year tenure at Nevion and 22-years at BT. At BT, Andy designed the UK’s Digital Terrestrial TV network, for which he was awarded the Martlesham Gold Medal, BT’s highest accolade for technical achievement. After becoming Head of Broadcast Solutions at BT Innovate and Design, Andy then joined Nevion, where he became Chief Technologist, receiving a technical Emmy for his JPEG 2000 standardization work. He holds several patents from his time at Nevion and BT.
Andy is a seasoned speaker, regularly presenting at industry events.
Reflecting on his appointment, Andy Rayner remarked: “I admire the way that Appear’s vision and passion is enabling it to support many of the world’s leading broadcasters, operators and content providers with high quality, low latency media transport. Right now, Appear is incredibly successful in winning contracts for premium live sports contribution from the world’s biggest brands, so it’s my job to ensure that this ‘winning team’ has the technology vision to stay ahead of the pack, as the industry increasingly evolves to a software-based hybrid-cloud future.”
Andy is actively involved in various standards bodies, He is a SMPTE fellow, a Director of VSF and part of the steering board at AMWA. Notably, Andy played a pivotal role in helping shape the SMPTE 2110 group of standards, aiming to revolutionise the industry’s evolution to IP-based production.
Appear is a global leader in high-capacity solutions for media processing and content delivery, including premium live event contribution, remote production and distribution. Pushing the limits of media and entertainment innovation, Appear’s primary focus is on delivering exceptional value to its global network of clients by elevating their content delivery to unprecedented levels of success.
With a commitment to product excellence and sustainability, Appear has won multiple prestigious awards and continuously strives to provide premium quality, highly efficient solutions that enable tier-one content providers to outperform their competition. Through its innovative offerings, Appear empowers its clients to accomplish seamless integrations and unparalleled media workflow performance, even in the face of an ever-changing landscape.
By actively collaborating with trade bodies and esteemed technology partners, Appear remains at the forefront of the latest industry advancements, ensuring seamless and secure media transport across any network to deliver unmatched value and game-changing results to the world of live events and premium content.