Sir Martin is a former Chairman of British Airways, former Deputy Chairman of the International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) and President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). His myriad business successes have often involved sports. During his tenure as Chairman of Liverpool Football Club, he secured the club’s financial future by expediting a sale to the current owners. Whilst Chairman of British American Tobacco, he oversaw the formation of the BAR Formula One racing team and, as Chairman of the British Horseracing Board, he was responsible for that organisation’s restructure into a regulatory board. Sir Martin is currently a partner at Sports Investment Partners, which has acted both as an advisor and investor in Supponor.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Andrew is responsible for all matters related to financial control, planning and strategy for the business in addition to managing its HR and IT requirements. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the sporting rights and broadcast sectors to Supponor.
Prior to joining Supponor Andrew spent three and a half years as Group Chief Financial Officer for The FA Group. In this role he was responsible for the delivery of Corporate Services across The FA Group structure, including finance, human resources, information technology and legal services. He was also involved in the negotiation of significant commercial contracts for the organisation and in 2015 Andrew was awarded a Global Refinancing Award from Infrastructure Journal for the refinancing of Wembley Stadium.
Andrew was also Group Finance Director for The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horseracing where he was responsible for the delivery of property, legal and information technology services across the group in addition to all matters of financial planning and control. In his time at The Jockey Club the first retail bond in Sport was launched and closed successfully to finance a major development project.
Previously Andrew has held senior finance and commercial positions across a number of companies including more recently Compass Group plc and Granada Group plc, and has worked on a number of company transactions. Andrew qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and holds an MBA.
Jay has over 25 years’ experience in operations, finance, technology, strategy development, implementation, turnaround and re-positioning. He works with innovative technology companies and start-ups in the software, technology, new media and telecom sectors to successfully scale businesses on a global basis.
Before joining Supponor, Jay was the CEO of Fits.me, a company he successfully exited after leading an MBO. Prior to this, Jay was Executive Chairman of Atego, which he founded after leading an MBO of Artisan Software Tools where he was CEO. Jay has previously also spent time as CEO of Adaptive, an enterprise software company providing the leading repository technology for metadata management, enterprise architecture and business process management solutions for Global 100 financial services companies and governments.
Jay is a Chartered Director with both the UK’s Institute of Directors and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. He also has a Doctorate in Business Administration from the International School of Management (Paris, France); an MBA from Baylor University (Texas, USA); and a BSc in Business Administration from the State University of New York.
Ross has over 25 years’ experience as a commercial leader and general manager in broadcast media covering kids, factual, sports and general entertainment genres. He began his media career as a finance executive at Sky before joining the launch team of Nickelodeon UK, building the brand to the No. 1 rated kids channel in the market. 10 years at Sony Pictures followed, where Ross managed the launch and growth of Sony’s portfolio of 30 EMEA series and movie channels. Sport, always a passion, included a strategy role at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore before serving as Managing Director, ESPN EMEA based in London. Immediately before his transition into sports tech with Supponor, Ross served as the commercial lead for Scripps Networks EMEA, prior to its acquisition by Discovery. Ross is a qualified accountant and an Economics & Politics graduate of Durham University.
Guy oversees the logistical and operational aspects of all of our business across the world, including overall responsibility for delivering all the live events involving Supponor and our DBRLive technology.
Guy works closely with all of Supponor’s production partners at outside broadcasts, managing key relationships, and making sure that our systems integrate seamlessly with the production process. He ensures that Supponor has the best people underpinning its technology and processes, and is responsible for planning and running infrastructural aspects of Supponor’s business – controlling the purchase, maintenance and distribution of all hardware, the company’s premises, and our fleet of OB and event trucks.
Guy joined Supponor in 2010 after 12 years with The Press Association (PA Sport), bringing with him a wealth of experience in product development and project management across multi-platform territories, including the UK, India and North America.
Niko Nevatie is the Chief System Architect in Supponor’s Research and Development unit in Espoo and is responsible for the system architecture and its implementation, and guiding the engineering team in its constant system and product improvement . He ensures that sound and pragmatic engineering practices are followed in the development of Supponor’s solution.
Niko has practical real world knowledge in all of the important areas of augmented reality related technologies; including 3D-graphics, digital video streaming/coding/formats, optics design and engineering, high performance low level programming and optimization. Niko joined Supponor in 2008 and has since been part of the most important demonstrations and ramp-ups.
Niko’s background is in pioneering mobile navigation company Navicore and prior to that in a number of early stage startups in diverse technology related roles. He also does many tech and programming related activities in his free-time, including indie game development.
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
David began his career as a graduate at BT Broadcast Services and followed this up with increasingly senior positions within the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Arqiva before setting up his own services business.
At BT David quickly rose to Business Manager and commercially led a cross functional team which was awarded a team award for the most successful new product launch in BT Broadcast Services history, based on first year performance. David was subsequently presented with an individual award given to the top 10% of performers BT group wide.
After BT David continued to progress his career at speed and has held various senior, strategically focused roles across product, marketing, innovation and business development.
In 2012 David co-founded and directed a media software start-up focused on enriched metadata, funded and incubated by Deluxe, and more recently David took on the role of Portfolio Development Director at Arqiva assuming responsibility for reviewing and subsequently developing a portfolio roadmap and strategy supporting the evolution of media services for the connected broadcast consumer. Before joining Supponor, David was running his own services business offering media and video technology market consulting and interim management services to small and medium sized technology businesses, systems integrators and private investment firms.
The majority of David’s roles have been within the telecoms, media and technology sector and almost entirely focused on product management and marketing for broadcast services; from outside broadcasting, content production, traditional television distribution and satellite communications to IP based over the top (OTT) solutions. This has enabled David to develop deep knowledge and strong network of contacts across a wide broadcast industry spectrum.
The result of this is a unique mix of capabilities including an understanding of and enthusiasm for technology and it’s potential, allied to a well developed set of skills in commercial product management and business development.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
With over 25 years of experience in the media, telecoms and finance industries, Steve has spent his career looking forward, leading the development of new products, services and platforms. Prior to joining Supponor, Steve was CTO at Ericsson’s media services business, leading a large team of architects and developers building next generation media platforms for both traditional TV and online services.
Prior to Ericsson, Steve was CTO at Red Bee Media, Chief Architect at Motorola and held technology leadership positions at large multi-nationals such as Citibank. He holds an MSc in Advanced Networking from the Open University, professional certifications from MIT, holds board positions at venture backed startups and participates in leading standards organisations in the media industry such as SMPTE, the IET and the DPP.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Vesa is based in Supponor’s Research & Development Centre in Espoo, Helsinki, and is responsible for all aspects of the technical development of our systems. He oversees the R&D unit and is our most senior executive in Finland, where Supponor was founded.
Focusing on medium and long-term solutions that streamline and simplify our DBRLive technology, Vesa drives its flexibility and adaptability across sports and geographies, and owns and delivers our technology roadmap. He is also responsible for managing system improvements, upgrades and releases, and guides much of Supponor’s patent and IP protection programme.
Vesa joined Supponor in 2008, having previously held a number of managerial roles with technology companies, including mobile navigation company Navicore and network security business SSH Communications Security. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Software.