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World Teleport Association Appoints Industry Leaders to Board of Directors

Wednesday, September 21, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Orly Konig-Lopez
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(New York City, September 21, 2011) – The World Teleport Association announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors during its September Board meeting. Adrian Ballintine, CEO of Newsat in Australia, Tomaz Lovsin, Managing Director of STN in Slovenia, and Bill Tillson, President and COO of Encompass Digital Media, headquartered in the U.S., were named to fill new seats created by an expansion of the Board approved by WTA’s members.

"WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of commercial independent teleport operators in order to promote their growth, long term sustainability, and excellence in business practice, technology and operations. We are thrilled that these acknowledged leaders have joined the Board of Directors as part of this advocacy," said M. Brett Belinsky, Chairman of WTA.

Adrian Ballintine is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NewSat Limited (ASX: NWT; OCT: NWTLY). With over 30 years of global technology experience and extensive knowledge of the satellite industry, Mr. Ballintine has successfully managed a number of technology start-ups prior to NewSat. Mr Ballintine was instrumental in the recent acquisition of the rights to seven premium orbital slots, which significantly progresses NewSat towards the launch of their fleet of next generation geostationary satellites as part of NewSat’s Jabiru Satellite Program. He was named 2011 Teleport Executive of the Year by WTA.

Tomaz Lovsin, Managing Director, STN has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the technical infrastructure and day-to-day challenges that occur in the teleport business. He was instrumental in the planning, purchasing and oversight of STN's current system integration business, which today covers over 400 TV & Radio channels, IPTV & Point to Point IP backbone links for clients spanning the globe.

Bill Tillson President and COO of Encompass Digital Media, has built an extensive career in broadcast facilities and operations, overseeing the launch of more than 200 cable television networks in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe and negotiating facilities and transponder transactions in excess of $2.5 billion. Mr. Tillson is also the founder, CEO and principal of Broadcast Cable Services Inc., providing consulting services related to the facilities and satellite capacity that originate cable television channels worldwide since 1992.

"We are extremely fortunate to have the support of such an accomplished group of industry professionals,” said WTA Executive Director Robert Bell. "Their passion for the teleport industry drives the Association in providing the utmost value to members and the industry as a whole.”

In addition to these new Directors, the members of WTA’s Board of Directors include: Chairman M. Brett Belinsky, Strategy & Business Development Director, Arqiva Broadcast & Media; Secretary General Norberto Alvarez Vitale, CEO, Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires; Anita Currie, President, Edge Consulting Limited; Gary Hatch, CEO, ATCi; David Justin, GlobeCast America; Michael Noon, Senior Vice President, Ground Infrastructure, SES Engineering; Serge Van Herck, CEO, Newtec; M.N. Vyas, Director, Essel Shyam Communication Limited; and Koby Zontag, Senior Director, Sales & Business Development, RRsat Global Communications.

About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

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