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20/03/2003

Harris Broadcast Europe name Managing Director

Dr David Crawford has been appointed Managing Director of Harris Broadcast Europe.
Dr Crawford will have responsibility for the business operations of the company, which includes all of Harris' European-standard products, enabling technologies and systems, as well as Hirschmann Solutions portfolio in Rankweil, Austria and IT IS Products, Harris' modulation portfolio in Rennes, France.
Begining his career at Marconi, one of the leading global telecommunications equipment providers, at their headquarters in Chelmsford, UK, he moved to British Telecom's Research Labs and became head of Advanced TV Systems, working on new image compression and coding techniques. Dr. Crawford then worked for two years in the United States with Bell Labs and Bellcore.
After roles in the transmission and equipment arenas with RE and Snell & Wilcox, he joined Harris Corporation as Managing Director of the Broadcast Manufacturing facility at Cambridge, England, and joint director of the Harris facility in Rennes, France.
Later, he was named Technical Director at Harris' regional sales office at Winnersh, England. In 2000, he left Harris to accept a position of director of Research and Development at Crown Castle International, one of the world's leading independent owners and operators of shared wireless communications and broadcast infrastructure.
Dr. Crawford is a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and is Chairman of the Technical Papers Committee for the annual International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) at Amsterdam.
He is also chairman of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project Group, DVB UMTS, working on the specifications of hybrid networks utilizing cooperation between broadcast and mobile telecom platforms.
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