Riedel Communications Restructures Product Division Management Team, Expands Americas Sales Team
Riedel Communications has strengthened its Product Division management team with the promotion of Jan Eveleens to chief operating officer (COO) and the appointment of Daniel Url as chief commercial officer (CCO). As part of this move, Oliver Zimmermann will take on the role of executive director, digital transformation, leading Riedel’s transformation journey. In addition, Riedel Communications has expanded its Americas sales team with the appointment of Todd Gardner as channel manager, North America, and James Skupien and Ben Gabrielson in regional sales manager roles, while Dave Caulwell will move up into a new position as regional sales director, East.
Riedel Strengthens Product Division Management Team With the Appointment of Daniel Url and Jan Eveleens
Riedel Communications has strengthened its Product Division management team with the promotion of Jan Eveleens to chief operating officer (COO) and the appointment of Daniel Url as chief commercial officer (CCO). As part of this move, Oliver Zimmermann will take on the role of executive director, digital transformation, leading Riedel’s transformation journey.
These key appointments come following the company’s recent acquisitions of Simplylive and SDNsquare and with the strong business growth of Riedel’s Product Division. Rik Hoerée, CEO of the Product Division, has assembled a team of seasoned professionals to ensure that the company continues to deliver innovative solutions and unparalleled customer service.
“I am thrilled to welcome Jan, Daniel, and Oliver to their new roles within our management team,” says Hoerée. “Our mission is to build the live production tools that make our customers shine. Just six months ago, we expanded our portfolio with replay, ingest, and all-in-one production solutions that can run on-prem, in a data center, or in the cloud. The expertise and experience that Jan and Daniel bring on board will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and grow, offering more services and new business models to our customers, while with Oliver we will make great strides on our path to digital transformation, resulting in a unique customer experience.”
Eveleens joined Riedel in 2018 as director of business development for video, and he has been instrumental in driving the company’s growth in this area. Before joining Riedel, he served as the CEO of Axon and general manager of the Camera Division of Grass Valley. Eveleens worked closely with Hoerée on the integration of Embrionix and over the past year teamed up with Zimmermann to help the company navigate the global component shortage and supply chain disruption. As COO he will oversee all aspects of the company’s production, logistics, and supply chain, ensuring that Riedel continues to deliver innovative products and solutions to customers worldwide.
Url brings over 20 years of experience in sales and customer success to his new role as CCO, having worked on the broadcaster, system integrator, and manufacturer side. He previously served as managing director and CSO of Qvest. In the past couple of years, Url was head of global product management at Vizrt and chief product officer for Grass Valley. In his new role at Riedel, he will be responsible for driving the company’s global commercial strategy, working closely with Riedel’s customer-facing teams, including global sales, customer success, sales operations, and business development, to identify new market opportunities and develop effective go-to-market strategies.
Zimmermann, Riedel’s new executive director of digital transformation, previously served as executive director of manufacturing operations and helped the company achieve its most successful fiscal year to date, despite the ongoing supply chain crisis. In his new role, he will lead the development and implementation of the company’s digital strategy, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to drive innovation and enhance customer experience.
Eveleens, Url, and Zimmermann, along with the R&D, product management, and marketing departments, report directly to Hoerée.
“It’s great to see our reorganization into three divisions, each led by their own division CEO, bearing fruit already. Our new structure has enabled us to drive more focus and growth in each of the divisions while staying close to our customers and company values,” says Thomas Riedel, Group CEO of Riedel. “Still, we know that constant reinvention is needed to support our massive, ongoing growth. With Jan and Oliver, two great appointments from our own ranks, and another industry heavyweight in Daniel, our Product Division under the leadership of our division CEO Rik Hoerée will remain as agile, modern, and innovative as ever.”
Riedel Expands Americas Sales Team With New Hires Including Todd Gardner as Channel Manager, North America
To accommodate its ongoing growth across the Americas, Riedel Communications has expanded its Americas sales team with the appointment of Todd Gardner as channel manager, North America, and James Skupien and Ben Gabrielson in regional sales manager roles. Gardner joins the company with years of channel management experience, and he will take the helm from Dave Caulwell, who has managed and grown the channel — along with the Riedel RED program — in North America for years. Caulwell will move up into a new position as regional sales director, East.
“We are fortunate to have someone as experienced as Todd taking the reins of the channel program so that I may confidently move on to manage the eastern region sales team,” stated Caulwell, “Our Riedel RED program is growing, and I am certain that Todd will continue to build momentum around our vigorous program. He has a tremendous track record, and I am thrilled to have him on our team.”
Prior to joining Riedel, Gardner worked for more than 20 years at Grass Valley, where he held various roles including account manager, channel manager, and finally director of channel sales. He managed internal teams covering proposals, customer service, and fulfillment for high-profile customers and partners. During this time, he received several awards for his sales efforts.
“I am looking forward to taking over the reins from Dave and excited, and even a little anxious, to be starting with a new company after so many years with Grass Valley,” stated Gardner “Riedel is an energized company with great culture, innovative technology, and a bright future. I am thrilled to be part of the team.”
As Caulwell takes on the responsibility of managing the team of eastern regional sales managers, the western region picked up two new territory managers. Skupien, based in Chicago, will serve as regional sales manager, North Central, and Gabrielson, based in Arizona, will serve as regional sales manager, South Central.
Skupien is a well-known sales manager with a solid breadth of knowledge, having worked at many companies in the industry including BTS, Dell, Grass Valley, AWS Elemental, AVI, Bitcentral, and, most recently, Vizrt.
Gabrielson hails from the internet and streaming side of the business, having worked at Stretch Internet and LiveU as director of business development and sales manager for sports, respectively. Prior to joining Riedel, he worked at Evertz, where he was a sales manager for sports on the West Coast.
“I am thrilled to add these three new powerhouse employees, making our strong team even stronger. Todd’s track record, Jim’s experience and connections, and Ben’s expertise within a different area of the business adds breadth and knowledge the whole team can benefit from,” states Rich Zabel, VP Sales, North America. “We’ve spent a lot of time searching for the right people to fill these positions and I am extremely happy with the team we are building”