Thorsteinson tapped to head Harris Broadcast
Tim Thorsteinson has been named president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division, succeeding Jeremy C. Wensinger who is being promoted to a senior leadership position within the Harris Government Communications Systems Division.
Thorsteinson, 52, had been serving as president of the Leitch Technology business unit of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. He joined Leitch in 2003 and put in place a tight corporate policy with an emphasis on investing in technology innovation, an approach he successfully employed at Grass Valley as president and CEO. He also helped engineer Thomson’s acquisition of Grass Valley for $172 million in 2001.
“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.”
Mr. Thorsteinson joined Leitch Technology Corporation as president and
CEO in November 2003. He led the company’s financial turnaround and
expansion through organic growth and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Thomson/Grass Valley, Mr. Thorsteinson was with
Tektronix, Inc., from 1991 to 2001. As president of the Video and
Networking Division of Tektronix, he implemented a major R&D program
focused on the transition of the worldwide broadcast industry from
analog to digital and into the multimedia age. Previously, he served as
president of Tektronix Pacific Operations, one of three units
established to accelerate growth in key international markets.
Before joining Tektronix, Mr. Thorsteinson served 12 years with National
Semiconductor Corporation where he designed several highly successful
programs focused on process re-engineering and total quality management.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in