In his new role, the video security professional will drive growth across all markets for live and on-demand content protection specialists.

Friend MTS, the global provider of content protection and video security services, has appointed Shane McCarthy as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

A proven leader in the video entertainment technology sector, McCarthy previously worked as Chief Operating Officer at Irdeto, and President for International Business at Pace PLC. He was the Founder and CEO of Caldero, a professional services consultancy within the video entertainment market, and currently sits as a Non-Executive Director at Consult Red, one of the UK’s largest technology employee-owned trust boards.

McCarthy’s goal as the new CEO is to drive growth across all markets for Friend MTS, adding new customers to a list that already includes Sky, the Premier League, UEFA, Warner Bros Discovery, BBC Studios, Serie A, WWE, Bell Canada and Rogers Sports & Media.

Speaking about his appointment, Shane McCarthy said: “It is an exciting time to join Friend MTS as we plan and implement the next phase of growth for the company. As the world leader in content security for live sports and events, we already protect some of the biggest brands in the Media and Entertainment industry. Our goal is to bring the class-leading tools and expertise trusted by our customers to every content creator, owner and distributor around the world.”

McCarthy has a track record of growing complex international technology businesses across multiple products and services, including SaaS, cloud, managed services, cyber, hardware and professional services. His experience of building high-performing teams in the technology sector includes creating and managing a 500-strong cyber-security business unit to develop, deploy and maintain cybersecurity systems for the video entertainment market.

Daniel Harris, Chair of the board at Friend MTS, added: “We are excited to welcome Shane as our new CEO. His invaluable wisdom, knowledge and experience will make him an excellent leader and CEO at Friend MTS and we look forward to the future with confidence.”

Andrew Skinner, Senior Director at NorthEdge, stated: “We are thrilled to welcome Shane to the team. His expertise, combined with the award-winning technology and ambitious team at Friend MTS, mean we are confident in achieving our ambition of building a global leader in video security.”

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