Bill Tillson | Executive Chairman
Bill Tillson, Encompass’ Executive Chairman, has been in the television industry for over 30 years. His in-depth knowledge spans all areas related to the capture, process and delivery of linear and non-linear media to any platform for any device anywhere.
Bill is the co-founder of Encompass and was its President and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 until 2013. During this period, Bill’s primary focus was completing four major acquisitions and integrating each acquired company into the seamless worldwide entity that is Encompass today. In February 2013, Bill became Chief Executive Officer of Encompass. In January 2015, Bill assumed the position of Executive Chairman after he and the Encompass Board successfully recruited Chris Walters to succeed Bill in the CEO position. As Executive Chairman, Bill works closely with Chis providing executive leadership focused on global customer initiatives, technology partnerships, acquisitions and next-generation media delivery strategies.
Prior to Encompass, Bill was the founder and CEO of Broadcast Cable Services Inc. Established in 1992, BCS provided consulting services to Tier One media companies related to the origination and transmission of television networks and media distribution on a global basis. BCS’ clients included the ABC Television Network, Disney ABC Cable Networks, Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom, Sony Pictures Television, Showtime, Game Show Network and BET.
Prior to founding BCS, Bill was a senior executive at Compact Video overseeing all network origination and transmission, post production, telecine and sound services. During his tenure at Compact Video, the company launched TVN and originated multiple networks including the Disney Channel and Starz Encore. Compact Video was the predecessor company to Ascent Media.
Bill has overseen the launch of more than 250 television networks in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe, and he has negotiated facilities and transponder transactions in excess of $2.5 billion.
Bill was the recipient of WTA’s 2012 and 2013 Teleport Executive of the Year Award. He is the only executive to receive this award twice.
In addition to the Encompass Board of Directors, Bill services on the Board of Directors of the Weiss School.
Chris Walters | Chief Executive Officer
Chris Walters, Encompass CEO, brings an impressive track record of executive operating experience in the industry, financial sophistication and successful experience in OTT to the company. Chris is responsible for day-to-day operations of Encompass on a worldwide basis.
Most recently, Chris 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 including developing technology that enabled The Weather Company’s expansion across all platforms. Prior to The Weather Company, Chris served in leadership roles at Bloomberg, leaving as Chief Operating Officer of the Bloomberg Industry Verticals Group where he drove significant expansion of professional subscription services in multiple industry verticals via organic growth and acquisitions. Before Bloomberg, Chris was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he served clients in the media, information services and technology sectors.
Chris 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.
Ken Sexton | CFO
As CFO, Ken Sexton oversees all areas of Encompass’ financial planning, analysis and reporting. In addition, he serves as a key member of Encompass’ executive team focusing on strategic business development.
Ken has more than 20 years of CFO experience with technology companies. Prior to joining Encompass, Ken served as Executive Vice President – Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of Avid. Ken brings substantial financial and operational experience to Encompass, having successfully guided technology companies through periods of rapid growth.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.
Norberto Alvarez Vitale | EVP & General Manager, North America
Norberto Alvarez Vitale is Encompass Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America. He oversees North American sales, facilities and engineering. In addition, he works with the company’s technology partners to ensure that Encompass continues to innovate in the way it delivers customer’s linear and non-linear television to multiple devices in numerous countries.
Norberto joined Encompass through its acquisition of TIBA where he served as CEO for over 20 years. Under his leadership, TIBA has become the premier satellite service provider in Latin America. Norberto has a system analyst degree from Belgrano University of Argentina. Norberto is on the Board of Directors of the World Teleport Association and was the recipient of its 2003 Teleport Executive of the Year; he is also an active member of YPO’s (Young President Organization) local chapter.
Deepakjit Singh | Managing Director, Encompass Singapore
Deepakjit brings 20 years of experience in management, sales, operations and engineering. His expertise has contributed to the strength and profitability of media companies throughout the Asia Pacific Region. Deepakjit, Managing Director of Encompass Singapore, is responsible for all facility operations in Asia including network origination; satellite transmission; terrestrial interconnect and switching; encoding and transcoding; and production services.
Deepakjit joined Encompass through the Ascent Media acquisition. Prior, he worked with Bharti Airtel as Senior Vice President where he developed the media and outsourcing business as well as the company’s digital media exchange strategy. For over a decade, Deepakjit was instrumental in growing British Telecom’s satellite and broadcasting service areas, and he was also one of the main architects of BT’s Global Media Network.
Brett Belinsky | Managing Director of EMEA, Encompass London
M. Brett Belinsky is Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Encompass based in London. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he leads the strategic development efforts in both local and adjacent markets to further expand the company’s client base in the EMEA regions. He also oversees the general operation and growth of all existing facilities including channel origination; satellite and fiber transmission; encoding/transcoding; engineering; and digital media asset management.
Prior to joining Encompass, Brett held multiple Director positions at Arqiva Broadcast & Media in strategy, market and business development. His team identified and developed value-creating, tactical solutions to enhance pipeline growth and his previous responsibilities also included long range planning, product management and marketing communications. In addition to the on-going negotiation and procurement of satellite capacity, he also focused on acquisitive growth opportunities across the globe.
Brett has worked extensively in mature and emerging markets, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the World Teleport Association.
Juan Salleras | EVP & General Manager, Encompass Latin America
Juan Salleras is Executive Vice President and General Manager for Encompass Latin America. Based in Buenos Aires, Juan oversees the facility’s operations including content management; channel origination; satellite and fiber transmission services; and non-linear video distribution.
Juan joined Encompass through its acquisition of TIBA where he served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing since 2003. Before joining TIBA, Juan worked for Diveo Broadband Networks as Vice President and General Manager of its Internet Data Center Business Unit. Juan has also held various positions at IBM Corporation including Head of Hardware and Systems Software Sales for the South Cone Region.
Juan earned his engineering degree from Buenos Aires University of Argentina.
Chris Myers | EVP, Worldwide Occasional Services
Chris Myers’ television career spans over two decades and includes high-profile satellite and transmission operations for major broadcasters such as ABC and CBS. As EVP of Worldwide Occasional Services, he is responsible for Encompass’ occasional-use content distribution business across its global Teleports as well as the company’s U.S.-based fleet of satellite uplink trucks. Chris will continue to develop Encompass’ end-to-end OU transmission solutions for breaking news, sports and government clients.
Before joining Encompass, Chris was Executive Director of Newsgathering Operations for ABC News. He managed technical operations for all of ABC’s U.S. and international bureaus. In his tenure with the network, he also served as Director of Operations working closely with ABC’s 200 affiliates and clients. Prior, he worked for CBS NewsPath and Skyways Communications. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in the successful launch and maintenance of numerous technology-driven projects for newsgathering, including the efficient transport of HD video and cutting-edge IP-based tools.
Alan Young | Chief Technology Officer
Alan Young is the Chief Technology Officer of Encompass. Alan leads the company’s worldwide vendor relationships and oversees its Global Interconnect fiber network. In addition, he is a member of the management team that determines the digital technologies the company will deploy for next generation video distribution platforms. With his broad industry technology experience, Alan’s focus on emerging technologies will offer Encompass’ customers the most efficient and cost-effective delivery solutions for their linear and non-linear media on every platform and every device.
Alan’s experience includes the CTO position at SES WorldSkies (formerly SES AMERICOM) where he was responsible for overall technology strategy and the development of new products and services. Prior to SES, he held a variety of positions including Head of Emerging Technologies and The Strategic Vendor Partnership Program at Citigroup and VP of Engineering for MTV Networks. Alan is a Fellow of The Institute of Engineering and Technology, holds two U.S. patents and earned his Masters of Engineering degree from the University of York. Alan currently serves on the board for the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
North American Regional Executives
Jim Schuster | EVP & President, Encompass Atlanta
Jim Schuster has nearly three decades of experience in the industry with expertise in the design and implementation of fiber and satellite networks. As Executive Vice President, President of Encompass Digital Media Atlanta, he oversees all facility operations including centralcasting, network origination, disaster recovery, Teleport, satellite uplink trucks and production services.
Prior to Encompass, Jim served as Executive Vice President and President of Satellite Services for Crawford Communications, Inc. Throughout his 22 years with the company, he worked with many high-profile clients and was instrumental in the launch of 90 networks including Discovery Channel and Country Music Television. Under his leadership, the company has won multiple awards including WTA’s “Independent Teleport Operator of the Year.”
Jim graduated first in his class from PennTech with a specialized degree in electronics and robotics. Jim has also earned an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Scott Baskin | EVP, New York Metro/Minneapolis
Scott Baskin is Encompass Digital Media’s Executive Vice President, New York Metro/Minneapolis. In this role, Scott oversees the greater New York area and Minneapolis Teleports and the Encompass Waterfront facility. In addition, Scott manages all Encompass fiber networks worldwide and operations in the Northeast. With nearly three decades of experience in the broadcast industry, Scott’s experience and knowledge are highly valuable assets as he continues to propel these vital services forward.
Scott joined Encompass through its acquisition of Ascent Media’s content distribution business where he served as VP, Operations and Engineering. Since 1986 and various changes of ownership, Scott excelled through numerous positions within the company from video tape operator to Manager and Director. Scott ensures that service expectations are exceeded by leading his team in maintaining origination network transmission services under every possible circumstance and meets the highest possible on-air availability standards for every client.
Ken Fuller | SVP & General Manager, Encompass Los Angeles
Ken Fuller, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Encompass Los Angeles, oversees its Los Angeles-based facilities, network operations and broadcast engineering. In addition to his West Coast responsibilities, he has direct participation in the development of new business opportunities in collaboration with Encompass’ North American sales organization and is actively involved in the company’s overall corporate strategic planning initiatives.
Prior to joining Encompass, Ken served as Vice President of Network Operations for Avail-TVN where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the IPTV-based Network Operations Center. Before joining Avail-TVN, he served in a variety of roles including Director of Engineering, North America for AZCAR Technologies; President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers; and Vice President of Technology at Ascent Media Group in California. In addition, he was Director of Broadcast and Network Operations NBC New York. While there, he received five Technical Emmy Awards for his work on NBC’s Olympic broadcasts.