Ex BBC, Siemens and Humax technologist Bob Hannent has been named as the new chief technology officer for Yorkshire based Pixsan Digital Software Ltd.

In his new role, Hannent will shape, deliver and develop Pixsan’s future facing technology roadmap. He will be responsible for ground breaking methods of middleware and innovations in TV device software development as well as reviewing business models for Pixsan’s head-end software. In the short term, Hannent will be charged with a particular focus on educating and problem solving with Operators and device manufacturers in pursuit of lower cost but higher value DVB plus IP hybrid solutions.

Pixsan is putting significant effort into its existing Elgist, MHEG and Qt based software products as well as technology and market development of Pixsan’s new innovative hybrid middleware and the appointment of Hannent is a significant step forward for the company.

“For Bob to join us at Pixsan is a real coup. He brings tremendous technical knowledge coupled with the creative vision we were really looking for in the role. Additionally, his energy and drive for innovation matches those already at Pixsan. This is truly positive for everyone concerned, particularly our customers,” said Jon Williams, Managing Director and CEO of Pixsan.

2012 saw yet another wide range of products delivered in the Freeview and Freesat powered by Pixsan’s software including advanced MHEG5 and HTML5 based middleware. 2013 sees the company ready to deliver more simple and advanced products in the UK but a number of products in overseas DVB-T2 and DVB-S2 markets.

Hannent commences his position at Pixsan on May 11th. He is currently Senior Technology Manager for Humax in the UK serving across Europe where he is responsible for managing the technology products platforms in the region including Freeview, Freesat and Youview. He has significant experience in broadcast and particular digital satellite working for Telenor, Siemens and BBC Technology and holds an honours degree in Media Technology from Southampton Solent University.