Chris Lennon Joins Ross Video As Director Of Standards Stragegy
Chris Lennon has joined Ross Video in the newly created position within the Office of the CTO, director, standards strategy. Lennon will be working for Ross CTO Troy English and will manage the company’s activities in global standards and trade bodies.
Canadian-born, Lennon spent several years working at CHCH-TV in Ontario before moving to the U.S. to join a small company called Enterprise Systems Group, which eventually became part of Harris Corp., where he eventually became CTO Group lead.
Lennon has held a variety of leadership positions in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), including standards director, local section manager and technology committee chair. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s 2008 Citation.
He also serves as executive director of the Open Services Alliance (OSA), a global industry organization focused on interoperability among microservice oriented media systems. The OSA produced the media industry’s first microservices standards, working closely with SMPTE, in 2020, and continues to lead the way in this rapidly evolving area.
A prolific writer, Lennon has produced a number of white papers, trade publication and technical journal articles, and has contributed to the two most recent editions of the industry “bible”, the NAB Engineering Handbook. He also recently partnered with industry legend Clyde Smith to co-author a brand new book called The Media Workflow Puzzle, providing a comprehensive look at the entire media workflow from start to finish.
Commenting on his new role, Lennon highlights Ross Video’s growth and innovation as a key attraction. “I’m delighted to be joining Ross — one of the most vibrant and dynamic companies in live production. Ross has always prided itself on innovation and on influencing industry standards for the benefit for everyone. This industry-first approach has brought amazing success, and I’m looking forward to working with the team and our trade partners to define the next generation of industry standards.”
Troy English, Ross CTO, said: “Chris is a highly respected industry figure who has spent much of his career helping to shape this industry’s technical landscape. Ross has always tried to steer a pragmatic course between what’s best for us, the industry and our customers, and I know Chris will play a valuable role in helping us maintain that balance.”