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Digital Barriers expands leadership team with four key hires

February 23, 2023 — Insight, News

New hires

LONDON, UK – 23 February, 2023 – Digital Barriers a leading provider of intelligent IoVT (Internet of Video Things) solutions, announces four significant additions to its leadership team following its investment by leading private equity investor 3i.

Digital Barriers technology revolutionizes live video streaming over cellular, reducing bandwidth by up to 90% while maintaining quality—a game-changer for leading mobile networks around the world. These new leadership appointments add significant telco, hyperscaler and IoT experience to the leadership team.

Chris Hughes joins as Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for accelerating the company’s revenue growth with new and existing partners around the world. Chris joins from Google, bringing a successful sales track record that also includes leadership roles at Alcatel and HPE, and has extensive experience with mobile network operators, cloud service providers and IoT technologies.

Clive Sawkins becomes Digital Barriers Chief Operating Officer, overseeing engineering, operations, support, and delivery at this pivotal time for the company. Clive’s extensive experience includes roles with Cisco, Avaya, Unisys and Nortel, covering unified communications, video networks, collaboration, outsourcing, cloud architecture, IoT and digital media.

Kunal Shukla arrives from Google in the newly created role of Senior Vice-President of Technical Sales & Business Development. Kunal will work closely with the Sales, Product and Engineering teams to implement new offerings and growth strategies worldwide. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise through engagement with leading telcos, enterprises, and cloud providers while at Ericsson, HPE and Google.

Finally, Elaine Cooper joins as the company’s first Group HR Director. Elaine has an exceptional track record with leadership roles within fast-growth businesses, including Confused.com and Groupon, where the people agenda was central to success. Elaine takes responsibility for the company’s recruitment, talent management, people engagement and ensuring a compelling employee value proposition.

Digital Barriers CEO, Zak Doffman, says “I am delighted to welcome Chris, Clive, Kunal and Elaine to the leadership team. After revolutionizing live video for flagship defence and security agencies, our new products, developed in partnership with Intel and now launched through Vodafone, AT&T and others, means we can make our unique IoVT capabilities available to a much wider commercial market.”

Chris Hughes says “It’s the continued goal of this expanded leadership team to unlock the power of live video over cellular for a loyal customer base around the world, and to grow partnerships with world-class organizations like Vodafone, AT&T, JCI, BT and Fujitsu. It’s an honor for us to become part of this journey.

From left to right: Chris Hughes, Clive Sawkins, Kunal Shukla and Elaine Cooper