Imagen Taps Charlie Horrell as New CEO; Tom Blake Transitions to Commercial Director Role
Imagen, a software-as-a-service video-management company, has appointed Charlie Horrell as its new CEO. Current CEO Tom Blake hands over the position after 6 years in charge, deciding to take a more ‘hands on’ role after successfully transforming a small Cambridge-based software business into a leading video-management company rebranded as Imagen. As Commercial Director, Blake will continue to provide strategic guidance for the company and work closely with key customers.
With a career that has focussed on driving businesses within the digital, technology and media space, Horrell brings with him exceptional leadership and commercial experience, most recently as managing director of Diligent. The company achieved significant growth under his five-year direction and was acquired for $625m.
“The company is in great shape and enjoys a high reputation across sports and media businesses,” says Horrell. “I’m joining at a very exciting point in the company’s evolution – I’m looking forward to taking this great solution to a wider market. So many companies are struggling to streamline their video management operations and make more of their assets – Imagen is the must-have service to help them enhance their business communications.”
After a successful track record at a range of blue chip businesses in the UK, Europe and Asia, the appointment of Horrell aligns with Imagen’s ambition to be the leading video management solution for media companies as well as to introduce its services to the enterprise market.
“After 6 highly enjoyable years in charge I’m delighted to hand over the reins to Charlie,” says Blake. “His track record of driving businesses forward speaks for itself – his extensive commercial experience will help us gain ground in new markets and refine our operations. We are confident that Charlie will make a major contribution as we continue on our growth path.”
The appointment follows a successful year which has established Imagen as a video management solution used by sports and media companies including the English Premier League, ATP Media, Endemol, BP, the British Film Institute and IMG to monetize and distribute their content.