Synamedia, among the world’s largest independent video software providers, on Dec. 4 announced the appointment of Jean-Francois Pigeon as the company's General Manager and Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
With experience in developing and growing technology businesses in North America, Asia-Pacific and EMEA, Pigeon joins Synamedia’s executive team to drive growth and expand customer relationships across EMEA, with overall responsibility for sales and delivery.
Pigeon joins Synamedia after 20+ years at Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent, most recently as Vice President and General Manager for a global account in MEA. Following the merger between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, he was responsible for the integration of the 5,000-strong global sales organization. The convergence of media and telco has been a passion of his for many years; he established a series of C-level forums on the topic while working for Alcatel in Asia-Pacific in the early 2000s.
Pigeon brings a rich set of expertise including in the sales and delivery of large, complex programs in network transformation, managed services and customer experience as well as roles spanning strategy, business development, marketing, sales operations, and corporate transformation.
“Jean-Francois brings exceptional experience as a leader in the telco space and this will prove invaluable to our many customers who are on the journey to IP and others, particularly from a broadband or mobile background, who want to add TV and video services. His deep understanding of sales and delivery as well as his broad telecoms industry background, make him well suited to help accelerate Synamedia’s growth,” said Paul Segre, Synamedia CEO.
“Synamedia is well positioned in the market," commented Pigeon. "Telecom service providers understand the stickiness of video services and a future where they can be super aggregators of streaming services. Pay-TV providers are transitioning to hybrid and IP architectures. Both need a trusted partner to help them transform their legacy platforms to reach their goal. Synamedia has the credibility, expertise and innovation these businesses need to ensure their success.”