Mediamorph, a global provider of cloud-based software and managed services has added four new members to its board of directors. They are: Robert Toms, managing director at Smedvig Capital; Stewart Till, CBE, CEO of Sonar Entertainment; Wahid Hamid, senior partner and head of portfolio operations and management group at Abraaj Capital; and Michael Huseby, chief financial officer of Barnes & Noble. Mediamorph recently secured an additional $8 million in funding from Smedvig Capital and Motorola Mobility Ventures.
Today Mediamorph, leading global provider of cloud-based software and managed services to content creators, programmers and distributors, , announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors. They are: Robert Toms, Managing Director at Smedvig Capital; Stewart Till, CBE, CEO of Sonar Entertainment (formerly, RHI Entertainment); Wahid Hamid, Senior Partner and Head of Portfolio Operations and Management Group at Abraaj Capital; and Michael Huseby, Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble Inc.
The role of Mediamorph’s Board of Directors is to advise the company on growth, including global expansion, as well as entrance into new markets and business lines. Mediamorph recently secured an additional $8MM in funding from Smedvig Capital and Motorola Mobility Ventures.
Mediamorph Co-Founders, Mike Sid, CEO and Shahid Khan, Chairman of the Board, welcome the new members to their team. “We’re delighted to expand our team with such luminaries. Their guidance and insights will allow us to continue to expand our business and innovate our products and services that help content creators, programmers and distributors grow their revenues and manage their business more efficiently”, they said.
About The New Board Members
Michael Huseby is the Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble Inc. Prior to that, for seven years, Michael was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, one of the nation’s leading telecommunications and entertainment companies. A media and cable industry veteran, Michael previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Charter Communications, Inc. Mr. Huseby also served as a consultant to both Comcast and to Charter as president and founder of MPH Associates, Inc. He also served as Executive Vice President of finance and administration, and Chief Financial Officer at AT&T Broadband until its merger with Comcast. For ten years prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Huseby was a partner in the professional services firm of Andersen Worldwide (now Accenture), where he had global responsibility for the firm’s cable television practice.
Stewart Till, CBE, a distinguished leader in the international film industry, is the CEO of Sonar Entertainment (formerly, RHI Entertainment), the leader in the production and distribution of groundbreaking movies, miniseries and series for television, and video on demand. He is also the Chairman of Picture Production Company (PPC) and Chair of Icon Entertainment UK, one of the leading suppliers of theatrical feature films to the independent film market. Prior to that, Mr. Till has held illustrious roles such as Chairman and CEO of United International Pictures and President of International at Polygram, as well as senior positions at Universal, BSkyB and CBS/Fox. He was previously Chair of the UK Film Council and was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to the British Film Industry. Mr. Till was also Executive Producer of leading movies, including “House of Sand and Fog,” “The Tempest” and “Jude.”
Wahid Hamid is a Senior Partner and Head of the Portfolio Operations and Management Group at Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity firm in emerging markets, with $7.5 billion assets under management and focused on the growing Middle East, Africa, South and South East Asia, and Latin America regions. Mr. Hamid is responsible for building out the Abraaj’s operational excellence and business acceleration capabilities to drive value creation in portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Hamid was an independent advisor to PE firms and a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that role, he was a Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Development at PepsiCo, Inc., where he reported to the CEO and was on the firm’s Executive Management Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Pepsi Americas . Mr. Hamid also spent 15 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he ultimately served as Senior Partner and Managing Director. He was also the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of a successful venture funded IT services business in China.
Robert Toms is a Managing Director at Smedvig Capital, where he has led numerous investments since 2001 including successful recent exits such as and Streetcar, the leading UK car club acquired by Zipcar (Nasdaq; ZIP); Almondy, a Swedish manufacturer of specialty frozen cakes; and Protego Real Estate Investors, a pan-European real estate fund manager. On behalf of Smedvig Capital, he is currently a board member at PPC, a London and Los Angeles based audio-visual creative agency serving the movie industry and a variety of other clients, and is a board member at four other companies – Exchange Group, My Home Move, Tusker (all of the UK) and Selstor (Sweden). Mr. Toms advises two other funds with regard to technology investments, and in this capacity he serves on the boards of 3GSolar (Israel), Clean Marine and Joma (both of Norway). Prior to his role at Smedvig Capital, he was an executive director at Jardine International Motors, a $4B auto industry group with businesses in Asia, Europe and the US. Previously, Mr. Toms was an engagement manager with Bain & Company, where he led assignments on strategic, operational and organizational issues for clients in a variety of sectors.
Mediamorph is a leading global provider of cloud-based software and managed services to leading media and entertainment industry content creators, programmers and distributors. Mediamorph’s integrated modules allow media companies to sell, program, distribute, track, analyze, optimize and monetize content globally with greater efficiencies and increased profits. Mediamorph’s solution can handle all types of content, including TV Shows, Movies, Games, Apps, Books, Magazines, etc., across all types of business models, including individual sales, rentals, subscriptions, ad supported, etc., across all platforms, including On-line, Mobile, Tablet, Connected TVs, Game Consoles, eBook Readers, etc., across all geographies, including the Americas, Europe and Asia. Mediamorph clients include Cablevision, E! Networks, HBO, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Starz and Warner Bros, among others. Mediamorph was founded in 2007 by Shahid Khan and Michael Sid, two media industry veterans and thought leaders.