In two moves announced today, Harris Corp. promoted Timothy E. Thorsteinson to the presidency of the company’s Broadcast Communications Division, and is buying Optimal Solutions Inc. (OSi), a Kansas City, Mo.-based, privately held provider of air-time sales, traffic and billing software systems to more than 350 broadcast stations in North America. Thorsteinson, a 15-year veteran […]
In two moves announced today, Harris Corp. promoted Timothy E. Thorsteinson to the presidency of the company’s Broadcast Communications Division, and is buying Optimal Solutions Inc. (OSi), a Kansas City, Mo.-based, privately held provider of air-time sales, traffic and billing software systems to more than 350 broadcast stations in North America.
Thorsteinson, a 15-year veteran of the broadcast industry, was president of the Leitch Technology business unit of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. He succeeds Jeremy C. Wensinger who is being promoted to a senior leadership position within the Harris Government Communications Systems Division.
“Tim is well known and highly respected within the broadcast industry,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “His appointment comes at an exciting time for Harris and the industry as the transition to digital technologies continues to accelerate. He has a proven track record of operational success within the industry and a vision that will keep Harris at the cutting edge of product innovation and customer responsiveness. He inherits a broadcast organization that has achieved excellent forward momentum over the past two years under the leadership of Jeremy Wensinger.”
The purchase of OSi, the company said, will expand its Broadcast Communications Division software offering and “complements Harris’ Next-Generation H-Class Total Content Delivery platform.” The scalability of OSi’s Windows-based platform can support a single call-letter station or scale to support the largest station groups and network/affiliate relationships with one software installation.
“The acquisition of OSi will further strengthen our portfolio and commitment to provide Total Content Delivery solutions to the industry,” said Lance. “OSi expands our capabilities in enterprise-wide software for managing and scheduling advertising and programming for broadcasters, and complements the Harris next-generation H-Class platform.” The H-Class platform is designed to serve the diverse business models of broadcast networks, cable networks and media content providers as well as the emergence of new services such as IPTV, mobile TV and on-demand video delivery.
“The combination of OSi and Harris will offer the industry unprecedented value—across the widest range of customers and business models,” said Ed Adams, president of OSi. “We are proud to add our software offering and talent to the Harris team. Both customers and employees will benefit from the size and resources of Harris, and the long-term commitment Harris has made to the media industry.”