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SIS ceo Holdgate steps down, to be replaced by Gary Smith

SIS ceo Holdgate steps down, to be replaced by Gary Smith
Staff Reporter
20 September 2012

David Holdgate is to step down as chief executive of Satellite Information Services  after 14 years. He will be replaced by Gary Smith, who joined SIS earlier this year as chief operating officer.

Holdgate will leave on December 31 but will continue in the short term as a consultant with SIS.

Holdgate has overseen significant change in the SIS business, which this year celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first broadcast to betting shops. In that time, the business has grown into Europe’s leading supplier of video and data to the betting industry and one of the world’s major providers of broadcast facilities.

Holdgate said: “It has been a momentous time for SIS. We have relocated the business HQ from London to MediaCityUK, Salford, and this summer we’ve been involved with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, EURO 2012, and the Olympics and Paralympics. All major rights and customer contracts have been tied up on long-term agreements, so taking all that together, this felt like the right time to stand down.”

Smith, who formerly held senior roles at BSkyB in the UK, joined SIS on July 1 from Canada where he was president of Bell Video Group.

The management team also includes Paul Baker, the director of Strategic Development and Mike Whittaker the chief technology officer,

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