Our Leadership

We take great pride in our people. Sohonet’s leadership team is a group of seasoned professionals, drawing from experience in media & entertainment, networking & telecommunications, enterprise software and cloud services.

Executive Team & Board

Chuck Parker

Chairman & CEO

Chuck Parker

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
  • Responsible for the development and execution of Sohonet’s growth
  • Board Member for MESA and HPA
  • Led Unicorn Media as CRO to Brightcove Acquisition (2014)
  • 15+ years in top management at Technicolor, including CIO, CCO, and Divisional President
  • Loves collecting “earthy” red wines and reviewing the latest gadgets

Dave Scammell

President

Dave Scammell

President
  • Led Sohonet’s growth since 2001, and currently responsible for New Market areas.
  • 40+ years International Experience introducing new technology to Visual Artists working in the Media Industry.
  • Member of VES, BAFTA, and BKSTS Fellow.
  • Loves travel and live music, and still wants to learn guitar.

Ben Roeder

CTO

Ben Roeder

Chief Technology Officer
  • Leads Sohonet’s global technology and product development programmes
  • Joined Sohonet in 2000 and leads Sohonet’s global technology and product development programmes.
  • Has developed a number of groundbreaking QC, workflow and storage solutions for the M&E industry, including the online submission process for the SIGGRAPH, HPA and VES awards.
  • Previously part of Oscar and Emmy award-winning development team at Lightworks

Damien Carroll

COO

Damien Carroll

Chief Operating Officer
  • Responsible for the management of Sohonet’s global operations.
  • Joined Sohonet from Ascent Media where he served as SVP of Finance and Commercial Affairs.
  • 15+ years experience as a key service provider to the media industry.
  • Loves spending as much time with his family and dogs as possible.  Enjoys travelling and the outdoor life whether in the garden or rambling in the countryside.  Fanatical about football and Arsenal

Rupert Mussen

CFO

Rupert Mussen

Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer for Sohonet since 2014 – responsible for financial reporting; planning; and compliance
  • Previously Chief Financial Officer at Vox Generation and Group Chief Accountant at Tube Lines
  • 10+ years with Deloitte London in their Technology Media and Telecoms division
  • Loves spending time with his young family and when he gets a pass to windsurf on the south coast

Ken Rudman

CMO

Ken Rudman

Chief Marketing Officer
  • Responsible for Global Marketing at Sohonet
  • Key Technical, Product Management, Product Development and Product Marketing roles at Citysearch, Overture/Yahoo! Search Marketing, Technicolor, YP.com, Ubermedia, and Civolution/NexGuard
  • Likes: Cycling, oddball cocktails, travel and art films
  • Dislikes: Writing about himself in the third person

Ian Minchell

CHRO

Ian Minchell

Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Responsible for finding, keeping and developing Sohonet’s talent
  • Background in HR, Operations, Sales and Distribution
  • Worked in Media & Entertainment, Hospitality, Durables and Manufacturing
  • 14+ years senior HR leadership at Technicolor
  • Passionate about golf and rugby

Robert Spelman

Group Legal Counsel

Robert Spelman

Group Legal Counsel
  • Responsible for overseeing and identifying the legal issues in all departments and their interrelation
  • Joined Sohonet in 2013 from Dundas & Wilson where he was a Senior Associate for 6 years

Liz Tanner

Board Director

Liz Tanner

Board Director
  • Board Director, providing strategic guidance to the Sohonet management team
  • Director of Legal Services at SSE plc
  • Highly experienced commercial lawyer, with proven track record in the energy and technology sectors
  • Loves to try new things with family — currently studying for day skipper qualification

Llewellyn John

Board Director

Llewellyn John

Board Director
  • Investor Director, focused on Sohonet’s growth
  • Partner at FPE Capital, leading investors in high growth tech-enabled businesses
  • Also non-executive director on boards of Questionmark and Optimity
  • Over 10 years experience in private equity
  • Likes good food, open spaces, Welsh rugby and satisfying his inner nerd

Henry Ropner

Board Director

Henry Ropner

Board Director
  • Board Director, focused on Sohonet’s growth
  • Investment Manager at FPE Capital LLP
  • Also on boards of Kallidus and OKA

Regional Sales Leadership

Steven Rich

VP of Sales, North America

Steven Rich

Vice President of Sales, North America
  • Responsible for North American Sales and Sales Team for Sohonet
  • Co-founder of FILM&VIDEO Magazine and led effort to successful acquisition by Philips Publishing in 1995.
  • Co-founder of Media.net, a pioneer in M&E Industry connectivity and data-center services
  • Thoroughly enjoys family time, skiing, biking, and hiking

Gary Negus

Director of Sales, Europe

Gary Negus

Director of Sales, Europe
  • Leads delivery & development of Sohonet’s sales and customer account management practice across Europe.
  • 25+ years implementing best practices for Sales & customer relationship management into enterprises across Media, IT & Finance
  • At Technicolor, developed key strategic relationships internationally and led European Media Services sales team growth
  • At iPass, built Channel Partner SaaS model.
  • Enjoys puzzles and “playing” (read as “winning”) games.

David Edgar

APAC Director

David Edgar

APAC Director
  • Respected industry professional with over 35 years experience in media
  • With Sohonet for 14 years
  • Worked in Broadcast Television, Post Production and Supplier sales and technical roles
  • Founded and operated software based systems integration business for 24 years
  • Member of SMPTE
  • Enjoys Australia Shiraz, Cooking, and owning a set of not so well used golf clubs

Technical & Operations Leadership

Patrick Sumby

VP of Engineering

Patrick Sumby

Vice President of Engineering
  • Responsible for Sohonet’s engineering team across the globe
  • Has seen it all over his 10-year career at Sohonet
  • Pivotal in the growth of network and development of new products and services
  • Oversees the Network, Security, Systems and Storage functions within the group
  • Spends his weekends in LA surfing, riding motorcycles and searching for the perfect burrito

Paul Nendick

Head of Product Development

Paul Nendick

Head of Product Development
  • Responsible for the management, development, and delivery of Sohonet’s software services.
  • Over 20 years experience building teams, systems, services, and apps that delight end users.
  • Has worked with dot coms, finance and FTSE 100 companies; but is most at home right here in the media industry.
  • Lived and worked in four continents – only three to go!

Flora Reddaway

Product Manager

Flora Reddaway

Product Manager
  • Responsible for finding customer fit and ongoing feature development for Sohonet’s remote collaboration file transfer products — ClearView Flex and FileRunner
  • Joined Sohonet in 2008 after finishing Film degree at Sussex University
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner
  • Has overly optimistic attitude towards life, leading her to take on too many craft projects and force friends to join her attempts to better the world

Rhodri Evans

Director of Global Operations

Rhodri Evans

Director of Global Operations
  • Responsible for Sohonet’s customer service and delivery operations
  • Strong background in strategic broadcast, post-production, content management and network distribution operations
  • Previously held Director of Operations posts at Discovery Communications and Ascent Media
  • Spent over five years working in BBC network operations
  • Loves Welsh Rugby, Swansea City and surfing – not necessarily in that order!

Thomas Buchanan

Head of Technical Operations

Thomas Buchanan

Head of Technical Operations
  • Responsible for managing, training, and developing international team of support engineers, who continually monitor and improve network performance to meet changing requirements.
  • Joined Sohonet in 2010 as a Network Engineer and progressed through the ranks.
  • Leads implementation and enhancements of ticketing systems and internal/customer communications systems, allowing Sohonet to streamline operations to deliver optimal service

Oliver Pennington

Head of Engineering

Oliver Pennington

Head of Engineering
  • Leads the UK Engineering team with the long term goal of automating the existing Engineering and Operations workflow (objective: To leave more time to focus on the cool stuff)
  • Joined the Sohonet in 2013 and has been busy designing unique networking solutions for Sohonet’s customers globally.
  • Helped lead and deploy Sohonet’s Connected Cloud Services.

David Cole

Head of Storage

David Cole

Head of Storage
  • Responsible for developing Sohonet’s Storage practice and ensuring Sohonet customers maximize value from our Cloud Storage products.
  • A crucial member of the global lab team within Sun Microsystems for 9 Years
  • Deployed the worlds first 10 Gigabit Ethernet Over Copper/UTP deployment in 2005
  • Avid skier and hiker

Greg Mitchell

Head of Operations

Greg Mitchell

Head of Operations
  • Responsible for the management of Sohonet’s EMEA Operations team.
  • 12+ years post production experience, specialising in workflows, encoding and AQC.
  • Previously held the role of Head of Operations at Prime Focus.
  • Loves to travel the world – Where next?