Mathias Eckert Named Regional Director, Central Europe, for Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Business
WINNERSH, England, June 2008 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today announced that effective July 1, 2008, industry leader Mathias Eckert will join Harris Broadcast Communications in the dual role of regional director, Central Europe, and managing director of the new Harris Broadcast Communications office opening in July in Munich, Germany. Eckert brings a wealth of industry expertise and a strong reputation across the market. He will be responsible for growing Harris broadcast business throughout the region, which includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe (including Russia).
Eckert joins Harris from Avid Technology GmbH, where he held the position of general manager for Northern and Central Europe. In this role, Eckert managed sales, marketing, finance, customer support and professional services, as well as a 110-member team based in six countries. Previously, Eckert served as director of European operations for iNEWs, where he was responsible for the set up of the company’s European business, building sales and marketing teams and establishing an office in Berlin. Prior to that, Eckert worked for Sony Deutschland GmbH, where he held progressively responsible positions in sales and key account management.
“Mathias brings to Harris a comprehensive understanding of the broadcast industry and the European market, which gives us a tremendous advantage in our ability to serve our customers and grow our business in this important region,” said Richard Scott, vice president, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations for Harris Broadcast Communications. “We are pleased to draw such a well-respected industry expert to our team and look forward to leveraging Mathias’ long-standing reputation and experience to further strengthen the Harris business in Europe.”
“I look forward to working to meet Harris goals in the European market, which are to get closer to the customer, strengthen relationships and improve reaction time,” said Eckert. “By developing a more customer-oriented approach, Harris is demonstrating its serious commitment to the European market — responding to the demand from customers and partners, as well as to current market needs, which require serving complex workflows and solutions in a changing environment.”
Eckert earned a Diplom-Ingenieur (equivalent to a master of science degree) in electrical engineering with a focus on software engineering from the Fachhochschule in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire media delivery chain. The Harris ONE™ approach brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.
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