The Operations Executive is responsible for leading the organisation. Together the team develops strategy, implements our plans and ensures we run the business effectively. 

They meet monthly to discuss the business and drive collaboration. The strength of this team derives from a diverse range of personal and functional skills and experience.

Stephen Bird Group Chief Executive

Group Chief Executive, British, appointed to the Board on 14 April 2009.

Stephen is currently a non-executive director and senior independent director of Dialight plc. He was formerly a non-executive director of Umeco plc.

He was responsible for setting up Weir's Oil & Gas Division, part of Weir Group plc, and was its Managing Director until he left to join Vitec. 

Prior to this he worked in senior roles at Danaher Corporation, Black & Decker, Unipart Group, Hepworth PLC and Technicolor Group. Stephen has an MA from St. John's College, Cambridge.

Kath Kearney-Croft Group Finance Director

Group Finance Director, British, appointed to the Board on 24 April 2017.

Prior to joining Vitec Kath was Acting Finance Director at Rexam PLC until its acquisition by Ball Corporation Inc. in June 2016.

Kath had been with Rexam since 2007 in a number of senior financial and strategic leadership roles. Prior to Rexam, Kath was with BOC Group plc for nine years, qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2001 and holding a number of operational financial roles in the UK and US.

Kath has an MBA with distinction from Manchester Business School and a first class degree in Business and Management from the University of Salford.

Jon Bolton Group Company Secretary

Group Company Secretary, British, appointed October 2008.

Previously Company Secretary of Waste Recycling Group. Prior to this Jon held company secretarial positions at GlaxoSmithKline, where he trained as a company secretary and Cable & Wireless where he was Deputy Company Secretary.

He holds a bachelor of law degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Martin Green Group Business Development Director

Group Business Development Director, British, appointed April 2003.

Martin's responsibilities include strategy and M&A, and were expanded in 2012 to include human resources.

Previously he held corporate development positions at Bunzl plc, at a broadcast equipment rental business and worked in investment banking at N M Rothschild.

Martin has an MA in Law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He trained and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters & Alliance in the UK, is a Certified Accountant and has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

 

Marco Pezzana Photographic Divisional Chief Executive

Divisional Chief Executive, Photographic Division, Italian, appointed March 2009.

Formerly Managing Director of Manfrotto. Prior to joining Vitec, Marco held various positions in general management and marketing for consumer goods companies including Newell Rubbermaid, Arc International and Dusholux GmbH, working extensively in the UK, US and France.

He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Milan, with postgraduate studies at London Business School and Bocconi University.

Jennifer Shaw Group Communications Director

Group Communications Director, British, appointed July 2016.

Previously held the role of Corporate Marketing & Communications Director at Anite plc for five years.

A technology specialist, prior to this Jennifer was Marketing Communications Director at Atcore Technology Ltd, Northgate Information Solutions and Anite Public Sector Ltd.

Jennifer also has experience Agency-side working in marketing communications for MCI Group. A fluent Spanish speaker, Jennifer holds a BA in Marketing.

Halid Hatic Interim SVP for Americas Sales, Production Equipment

Interim Senior Vice President for Americas Sales, Production Equipment Business Unit, American, appointed August 2012.

Previously Halid was General Manager of Silex Media Inc, VP Business Development at Vizrt, and President of Curious Software Inc.

Prior to these roles, he held various senior positions at Avid Technology developing both international and domestic markets.

In earlier years, Halid was a working musician after having attended the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins Institute.

Alan Hollis SVP, Production Equipment

Senior Vice President, Production Equipment Business Unit, British, appointed November 2015.

Previously President of Crane Merchandising Systems in South Carolina, USA. Prior to this Alan held senior positions for a number of manufacturing businesses including Weir Group, PFW Aerospace UK and Deloro Stellite.

Alan is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD in Metallurgy from Leeds University and an MBA from Loughborough University.

Martin Vann SVP, Enterprise Video

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Video Business Unit, American, appointed January 2015. Martin joined Vitec as the Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing in its Production Equipment Business Unit.

Prior to joining Vitec, Martin was the CEO of MelroseMAC. He previously held senior sales and marketing positions in media and entertainment companies including Autodesk, DMOD, iFilm, IBM and Avid Technology.

In 1993, he was part of the team that helped a privately held Avid go public by establishing and growing their entertainment business.

Martin holds a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.

Nicol Verheem SVP, Creative Solutions

Senior Vice President, Creative Solutions Business Unit, American, appointed August 2013. Nicol’s appointment followed the company’s acquisition of Teradek.

Nicol has an extensive technology background, from Denel Dynamics to GE’s Digital Video Center of Excellence where he was responsible for leading all engineering activities.

In 2008, he founded Teradek and grew the company into an international supplier of digital video products.

Nicol is a qualified Electronic Engineer (BSEE).