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New roles for Harrison and de Pomerai at DPP

April 2, 2024

The DPP, the international network for media and technology, has transferred the role of CEO from Mark Harrison to Rowan de Pomerai, with Mark Harrison now taking the role of Founder and Chief Content Officer.

Rowan de Pomerai has been the DPP’s CTO since 2018, working with Mark and COO Kelvin Jones to shape the DPP’s strategy. He has previously held senior positions in media and technology companies including the BBC, ITV Studios, and Ooyala, bringing over 15 years of industry experience to the role of CEO.

Mark Harrison spent many years as a filmmaker and producer, before taking on innovation and technology strategy roles at the BBC – and then becoming the DPP’s first CEO when it was created in 2015.  He will now focus on the DPP’s content strategy to ensure it delivers the outputs with the greatest value to media organisations and their suppliers.

This change represents the next step in the DPP’s evolution, after it became a fully independent organisation in October 2022. The appointment of Rowan as CEO will support the company’s overall purpose – to provide strategic insight, create valuable networking opportunities, and facilitate technical collaboration.

“I’ve reached a point in my life and career,” says Mark, “where I am very focused on ensuring we have the right people and structure for the long term. In transferring CEO responsibilities to Rowan we are promoting a brilliant member of the leadership team. It guarantees we maintain the right values, energy and commitment to continue our growth and go on developing the organisation for the benefit of our member community.”

“It’s a privilege to become the DPP’s CEO,” said Rowan. “I’m passionate about what the DPP offers the industry: an extensive and influential network that helps leaders to make the right decisions for their business. In taking on this role I’ll be leading the DPP’s team of dedicated and experienced staff, and working as closely as ever with Mark and Kelvin to ensure that our strategy delivers success for the DPP and its members.”

The DPP’s membership now comprises over 500 companies from across the whole content supply chain, including more than 140 broadcasters and content organisations from around the world. The quality of this community provides DPP members with unique opportunities to gain insight, network, and do business.

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