Management

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Management

Alex Terpstra

Chief Executive Officer

Alex led the creation of Civolution as a spin-out from Philips in 2008 and subsequently executed two acquisitions for Civolution: Teletrax in 2008 and Thomson STS in 2009.

After initially working in the television content production industry, Alex built his professional career further at Philips. From the early 1990s Alex was involved in the digitalization of television broadcasting and held various managerial positions in project and product management, sales, marketing and business development. In 2003 Alex was appointed General Manager of Philips’ conditional access business CryptoWorks. In January 2007 Alex was appointed CEO of the Philips Content Identification with the assignment to accelerate its growth, which led to the spin-out as a standalone company, Civolution, in 2008. In his role as an industry thought-leader, Alex is a frequent speaker at key global events.

Harrie Tholen

SVP Worldwide Sales and General Manager, Asia Pacific

Harrie started his career in advanced development of HDTV technologies at Philips. He moved on to product management, sales and general management in various high technology fields. With assignments in Singapore and Shanghai, he has over 15 years of experience in the Asia Pacific region in the digital broadcasting and mobile multimedia industries.

Harrie Tholen is currently Civolution’s General Manager for Asia Pacific and SVP Worldwide Sales.

Andy Nobbs

Chief Marketing Officer

Andy leads Civolution's marketing and communication activities, after having dedicated most of his time for over the past four years to the company's sales activities. Prior to Civolution, Andy was President at Teletrax, the world's first global broadcast intelligence service, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's worldwide activities including strategy management, business development, operations, and sales and marketing. Andy was formerly Content Director at IPC Media where he successfully accelerated and leveraged the exploitation and the revenue growth of IPC's intellectual properties, ranging from television to the internet and printed media. He has previously worked in executive positions for ITV and EMAP.

Stefan Wiezer

Chief Financial Officer

Stefan joined Civolution as Chief Financial Officer in March 2010. Stefan, a certified accountant (RA), started his professional career at KPMG's international audit practice. In 2000 he joined Tele Atlas where Stefan built his experience in high growth technology companies. Tele Atlas went through an IPO early in 2000. After various acquisitions and a second public offering in 2005, Tele Atlas was again sold to Tom Tom in 2008.

Hans van de Ven

Senior Vice President Business Development

Hans joined Philips Content Identification in April 2007 as business development manager of MediaHedge. He has a background in engineering, augmented with an MBA. Hans has a strong track record in developing successful new businesses and partnerships. Philips Content Identification became Civolution in October 2008.

Jaap Haitsma

Chief Technology Officer

Jaap was appointed Chief Technology Officer within Philips Content Identification in July 2004. Before joining Philips Content Identification, Jaap worked in Philips Research in 1997 as a research scientist in the area of video watermarking. He subsequently moved on to audio watermarking, audio fingerprinting and video fingerprinting. This research led to the maturation of technologies that are currently commercialized by the Content Identification business unit. Philips Content Identification became Civolution in October 2008.

Wim Bus

Senior Vice President Fingerprinting & Monitoring Solutions

Wim has a background in engineering and has extensive experience in Product Management and Business Development in the security and digital TV domains. He previously worked as a Business Consultant for LogicaCMG and as Director, Digital TV products for Philips and Irdeto. In February 2007, Wim was appointed as Director of Business Development, PayTV within Philips Content Identification. Philips Content Identification became Civolution in October 2008.

Jean-Michel Masson

Senior Vice President Watermarking Solutions

Jean-Michel manages Civolution's watermarking products. Prior to his current position, he was general manager of the Thomson STS business unit, which was acquired by Civolution in July 2009. Jean-Michel has been in the broadcast industry since the beginning of his career, with a focus since the late 90s on watermarking technologies and associated markets. He founded Nextamp in 2002, a company funded by VCs to develop and commercialize watermarking solutions. He joined Thomson in 2005, as Nextamp was acquired and consolidated in the Thomson STS business unit.

Sjeng van der Weerden

Vice President Global Operations

Sjeng spent most of his professional career at Philips in the area of video broadcasting. He held various roles in research, engineering, project management and operations management. Prior to Civolution's spin out from Philips, Sjeng served as Director of Operations at Philips Content Identification's business unit.

Early in 2010, Sjeng started as Program Director, Key Accounts at the Dutch Video on Demand specialist Eventis, which was subsequently acquired by SeaChange. Sjeng joined Civolution in January 2011 as VP Global Operations, taking responsibility for network operations, business operations and client services.

Wil Ramakers

Vice President Human Resources

Wil joined Civolution in January 2011. After several years in the area of vocational choice consultancy, he started working in the HR domain in a training and development function. He extended his expertise in a wide variety of HRM responsibilities, mainly within Philips and NXP Semiconductors. Wil has worked for start-ups as well as established businesses of both local and international scope.

Bart Versteeg

General Counsel

Bart joined Civolution as General Counsel in March 2009 and leads Civolution’s Legal Department.
He started his professional career as an Attorney at Law at the law firm of Loyens & Loeff. In 2005, he moved to Royal Philips where he assumed the role of Senior Counsel. Upon the spin-out of the Semiconductors division from Royal Philips in 2006, Bart first worked as a Senior Counsel at NXP Software and NXP Semiconductors before he was appointed as Director IP Licensing & Claims at NXP Semiconductors.

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