Backlight Names Benjamin Desbois as Chief Operating Officer

Backlight had appointed former Telestream chief revenue officer Benjamin Desbois as chief operating officer.

“Benjamin is a media and entertainment industry veteran with proven success driving growth and scaling customer-facing functions including sales, sales engineering, professional services and customer success,” says president and CEO of Backlight, Ben Kaplan. “This track record, combined with Benjamin’s deep experience working with strategic customers and partners, global teams and supporting M&A integration, makes him a terrific addition to the Backlight team.”

Desbois brings more than 20 years of experience in media and entertainment technology and has a deep understanding of media workflows and customer needs. Prior to Telestream, he held several management positions at Avid Technology, most recently as vice president of sales for the Americas. Before Avid, he was general manager for North America at Dalet. Earlier in his career at Dalet, Desbois held a range of product management, professional services and sales positions.

As a senior leader, Desbois has become known for his collaborative and team-oriented leadership style and working effectively with executive teams on strategy, innovation, operational excellence, integration, HR and culture. His deep industry experience includes helping to acquire and integrate numerous media technology products and teams.

“Backlight’s compelling thesis and the momentum the company has built thus far is exciting,” says Desbois. “I look forward to working with the talented Backlight team to expand our reach, accelerate growth and deliver incredible innovative solutions that help our customers maximise value in their respective fields.”

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