IDC lures Irdeto’s Lowther

Digital content distribution specialist International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) has named Doug Lowther as the Corporation’s new CEO. Lowther is presently Executive Vice-President at multi-screen, media protection and revenue assurance solutions company Irdeto. Currently based in Beijing, Lowther will relocate to Ottawa when he begins his work with IDC, which the Corporation expects to be in the last week of May 2013.

Lowther has extensive experience developing and executing successful business growth strategies in the fields of digital television, wireless networking, IP-based services and software security. He started with Irdeto as Vice President of Marketing in 2004 and during the next several years led the creation of a product portfolio that achieved substantial revenue growth. More recently, he was responsible for Irdeto’s business with pay-TV operators worldwide. He currently heads Irdeto’s Sales, Marketing, and Corporate Development teams.

Prior to joining Irdeto, Lowther was an independent consultant and strategy advisor. His previous positions include several executive roles with Nortel Networks, where he was Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Applications and the Vice President of Strategic Marketing. He began his career building network planning and operations systems for telecom operators.

“Doug’s knowledge of markets such as satellite, pay television, and IP content delivery will be a key asset to IDC,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO at IDC. “He’s someone who’s proven he knows where opportunity lies and can effectively direct a business to create and market technology to meet that need. We’re thrilled he’ll be at the helm of IDC during a time of significant opportunity. I am confident the IDC business will benefit with Doug leading the way.”

Lowther said he is eager to take IDC to the next level. “The future of satellite is greater integration with IP,” he said. “IDC’s sweet spot is in developing hybrid solutions that combine the best capabilities of IP and satellite networks.”

During his time at Irdeto, Lowther collaborated with IDC on several projects. “I was always impressed with the IDC team’s professionalism and responsiveness to customers. I have high regard for the Corporation’s recent developments in ad insertion for radio and television and DTH over IP gateway solutions. I thank the Board members for their confidence in me, and I look forward to working with IDC’s customers, Board members, and everyone in the worldwide team to elevate the Corporation’s profile and significantly grow its business in the coming years.”

IDC expects to complete a private placement with Lowther by April 5, 2013 pursuant to which he will purchase 1,100,000 common shares of IDC at a price of $0.21 per share for gross proceeds of $231,000, which will be used for general working capital purposes. The common shares issued in this private placement will be subject to a four month hold period from the date of closing in compliance with applicable securities laws. The private placement will be completed subject to the final approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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