Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services, announced today the appointment of Chris Walters as its Chief Executive Officer. Walters will be responsible for day-to-day operations of Encompass on a worldwide basis. William Tillson will assume the role of Executive Chairman. Tillson will continue to provide executive leadership focused on global customer initiatives, technology partnerships and next-generation media delivery strategies.
“After completing our four acquisitions, we have focused on recruiting world-class senior executives to provide the executive depth required to operate and grow our worldwide business – Chris completes this process,” Tillson commented. “He brings deep industry operating experience to Encompass along with demonstrated success executing OTT strategies which is the next generation of growth for our customers.”
Walters said, “I am thrilled to be joining Encompass and working with Bill to continue to build the business. The company is exceptionally well positioned to be the leading partner to content companies trying to deliver on their viewers’ increasing need for content at any time on any device in any location.”
Prior to joining Encompass, Walters served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Weather Company where he collaborated with the leadership team to successfully position the company for rapid growth and drove new technology developments that enabled The Weather Company’s expansion across all platforms. Before joining The Weather Company, Walters served in leadership roles at Bloomberg where his last position was leaving as Chief Operating Officer of the Bloomberg Industry Verticals Group. In this position, Walters drove significant expansion of subscription services in multiple industry verticals via organic growth and acquisitions. Prior to Bloomberg, Walters was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he led client engagements defining video distribution strategies and growth opportunities including next-generation business models for traditional media, digital media, technology and information services companies.
Walters holds an MBA from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Management with a focus on Finance and Strategic Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.