OBS Board Of Directors
|Juan Antonio Samaranch||Gerardo Werthein|
|Christophe De Kepper||Timo Lumme|
|Christophe Dubi||Lana Haddad|
Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS)
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Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Content Officer
Head of Executive Office
Head of Human Resources
Head of Institutional Relations
Head of Information
Head of Engineering
Head of Broadcast Operations
Head of Broadcaster Services
Deputy Director of
Gabriele de Vecchio
Director of Support Services
Director of Corporate Finance
Director of Budget & Planning
Yiannis Exarchos, Chief Executive Officer
Yiannis Exarchos was born in Athens in 1964. He produced and presented cultural and art programmes on Greek TV and Radio and held several management and senior executive positions in a number of Broadcast Organisations, including the position of Executive Director of the Greek National Broadcaster, ERT. He has lectured at numerous conferences and collaborated with several public and private organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Specialising in the management and coverage of global sporting events, he has served as a top executive for all Olympic Host Broadcasting organisations since Athens 2004. His background in radio, television, music and film brings a comprehensive perspective to the planning and management of the broadcast of major events.
Mr. Exarchos was named CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the permanent Host Broadcast organisation created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), following the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2015 he was also named Executive Director of Olympic Channel Services (OCS), the corporate entity charged with creating and operating the IOC’s Olympic Channel.
His in-depth media experience and leadership have earned him numerous recognitions, including five Emmy Awards, an award from the Greek NOC for his long-term contribution to the Olympic Movement and the Great Wall Friendship Award, in acknowledgment of his contribution to Beijing’s progress and development. He is also a regular speaker at international conferences on Broadcast and New Media.
Based in Madrid, his native language is Greek, however he is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Stefanos Kourelas, Chief Financial Officer
In his role as the CFO, Stefanos Kourelas oversees all financial, legal, risk management, administrative and logistics functions of the company. Stefanos has been working with the Olympic Games Host Broadcaster for more than 14 years, starting with Athens Olympic Broadcasting in 2001, as Head of Finance. He worked in Beijing for four years during the Beijing 2008 Games with Beijing Olympic Broadcasting in the same capacity, before moving to Madrid in January 2009 where he joined OBS. Prior to his Olympic career, he was the Chief Investment Officer in Optima Fund, worked at the Piraeus Bank´s Treasury Department in FX and Derivatives, and also served as a Stock Trader in Athens Stock Exchange. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Polytechnic School in Greece and an MBA from UMass Boston.
Mark Wallace, Chief Content Officer
As the Chief Content Officer, Mark Wallace is responsible for the design and delivery of the multilateral production plan for all OBS operations. In this role, Mark oversees the organisation´s broadcast coverage at all of the competition venues, the Ceremonies, as well as the development of pre-Games and in-Games material and features. Mark also oversees on-screen graphics, archives, as well as the ever expanding Multi-channel Distribution Service (MDS) and the Olympic Video Player (OVP). With over 25 years’ experience of broadcast television, Mark has specialised in the executive planning and management of major sport events including three Olympic Games, the UEFA European Football Championships and the IRB Rugby World Cup.
Sotiris Salamouris, Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Sotiris Salamouris oversees all of OBS´s technical operations, including managing the planning group responsible for the design & delivery of all the technical facilities and services of the host broadcasting operations for the Olympic Games and other select broadcast activities. In this position, Sotiris has been managing an international team of broadcast engineers and operational personnel that has planned and operated the broadcast technical facilities for the past three Olympic and Paralympic Games (Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014), as well as the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (2010) and Innsbruck (2012). Prior to joining OBS in Madrid, Sotiris worked as the Head of Engineering at Beijing Olympic Broadcasting, the host broadcaster of the 2008 Olympic Games, which was a joint venture between OBS and the Chinese Organising Committee. Previously, he served as the Director of Broadcast Telecommunications for the host broadcaster for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Juan Canadell, Head of Human Resources & Crewing
Juan Canadell has been responsible for the staffing of the Games´ broadcasting operations since the Beijing 2008 Games. Together with his team, he is responsible for the workforce planning for each operation, hiring all the freelance personnel and delivering the Broadcast Training Programme, which introduces students at the Olympic host cities to the world of Olympic broadcasting and offers them the opportunity to work as broadcast professionals at the Games alongside the best in the industry. Additionally, Juan also looks after all of the HR needs of the OBS permanent staff, which brings together top professionals from more than 30 different nationalities. Originally a Telecommunications Engineer, before joining OBS, Juan worked for more than 17 years in Fortune 500 companies building international teams.
Maria Golfinopoulou, Head of Institutional Relations and Events
As the Head of Institutional Relations and Events, Maria Golfinopoulou is responsible for organising all OBS events (World Broadcaster Briefings/Meetings, meetings with Federations, NOCs, etc.). Her team is also responsible for venue surveys and the proper allocation and management of various facilities and services for broadcasters at the venues. During Games-time, Maria and her team manage the Guest Pass Office, the Information Counter, the Daily Briefing Room and the development and placement of the Look inside the IBC/MBC. Prior to joining OBS in Madrid, Maria served as the Deputy Director of Information and Broadcast Relations for Beijing Olympic Broadcasting. Maria has worked for six Olympic Games, with the 2004 Athens Olympic & Paralympic Games serving as her first Games experience, where she was the Manager of Broadcast Relations. Prior to this, Maria worked for the Thessaloniki International Film Festival as a Programme and Events Manager and at International Royalties S.A as royalties coordinator for foreign books, Disney products and cartoons.
Matthew Mason, Head of Information
As the Head of Information, Matt Mason and his team are responsible for providing broadcasters with a variety of Games-related information leading up to and during the Games. This is done through a variety of multimedia services including the OBS website, the OBS Video Library and various broadcast publications designed to properly explain the OBS production, technical and operation plans for each Olympic Games. He is also responsible for overseeing the 24-hour Games-time Olympic News Channel. The Sochi Games marked his ninth Olympic Games working with the Host Broadcaster, his fourth in his current role. His Olympic career dates back to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games where he first served as Manager of Publications for the Host Broadcaster, Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting. Prior to his Olympic career, Matt spent timing time working for Coca-Cola in Atlanta as a Senior Marketing Editor and at Host Communications in Lexington, Kentucky as an Associate Editor.
Isidoro Moreno, Head of Engineering
As Head of Engineering, Isidoro Moreno directs the planning group responsible for the design and delivery of all the technical facilities and services of the host broadcasting operation for the Olympic Games, as well as other select broadcast activities. In this role, Isidoro oversees an international team of broadcast engineers and operational personnel, dedicated to planning and executing the technical strategy for all OBS activities. Isidoro has been a part of eight Olympic Games, with the 1992 Albertville Olympic Winter Games serving as his first. Prior to joining OBS in Madrid, Isidoro worked as Technical Director at Canal 24h of TVE, and as Director of IBC Engineering for both the Athens and Torino Olympic Broadcasting Organisations, the latter earning him an Emmy for best coverage of a sports event in High Definition. Since 2004, Isidoro has played an active role in all Olympic, Winter Olympic and Youth Olympic Games.
Maria Naxaki, Head of Executive Office
Maria Naxaki has been involved in the Host Broadcast operation of all Olympic Games since Athens 2004, as well as in the 2007 Rio and 2011 Guadalajara Pan-American Games. In 2008, she joined the Executive Office of OBS, having previously worked as a Broadcast Relations Coordinator. In her current role as Head of the CEO Office, she provides support to the CEO on a daily basis, coordinating internal and external meetings and activities, while also overseeing the organisation of OBS Department Heads meetings and Games debriefs. During Games-time, she is responsible for the overall management of the IBC Executive and Protocol Office. Prior to her career at OBS, Maria served as an Events Manager for a Greek NGO organising cross-cultural international conferences. She has also worked at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ELIAMEP (International Relations think-tank) where she coordinated various large-scale international events. She holds a degree in History from the Kapodistrian University of Athens as well as a postgraduate degree in International Relations from King’s College of London.
Aris Nikoloudis, Head of Broadcast Operations and Planning
A veteran of various broadcast media, Aris Nikoloudis leads the department which is the official channel of communication with every Organising Committee (OCOG), ensuring the various facilities and services requested by OBS and the RHBs are delivered on time and as requested. His team is responsible for integrating and managing the various broadcast requirements and operations required for each competition venue as well as the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). Aris has been working with the Olympic Games Host Broadcaster for more than 10 years, starting with Athens Olympic Broadcasting in 2004 where he served as the Broadcast Venue Manager for Panathinaiko Stadium (Archery, Marathon Finish). Prior to joining OBS, Aris worked for nearly 30 years as a Production Manager and 1st Assistant Director in Feature Films, TV Series and Advertising.
Jorge Pickering, Head of Broadcaster Services
Jorge Pickering is an electronic engineer who has played a key role in the last 11 Olympic Games. He currently serves as OBS´s main point of contact for the global Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs). His team is responsible for overseeing the booking of all IBC and broadcast venue facilities and services before and during the Games. A member of the OBS team since 2009, Jorge makes sure that new services are continually developed and offered to RHBs through the adoption of new technologies. Creative operational practices are adopted under his leadership to make better use of resources for broadcasters and the overall Olympic Movement. Prior to joining OBS, Jorge has been involved in Olympic Broadcasting since 1980 working for the two main TV Networks in Mexico. He worked with Televisa until 1995 and then for TV Azteca until 2009. In 2000 he was appointed Director of Production Services, being responsible for managing the entire broadcast operations in TV Azteca.
Raquel Rozados, Deputy Director of Broadcaster Services
In her role as Deputy Director of Broadcaster Services, Raquel Rozados is assisting Jorge Pickering with the managing of all bookings and requests placed by Rights Holding Broadcasters before and during the Games with special emphasis in ensuring the quality of the technical aspects. During Games-time Raquel and the Broadcaster Services team manage the Booking Office. Raquel has been working with the Olympic Games Host Broadcaster for the past six Olympic and Paralympic Games and Singapore Youth Olympic Games serving as Manager of Broadcast Telecommunications Systems before being appointed to her current role. Her background in broadcast and telecommunication systems brings a valuable perspective to understanding both the operational and technical needs of the broadcasters. Prior to her Olympic career, Raquel worked for Sony Broadcast Europe and Formula One Administration. She holds a Telecommunications Engineering degree from Polytechnic University in Madrid and an MBA from Instituto de Empresa, also in Madrid.
Gabriele de Vecchio, Director of Support Services
As the Director of Support Services, Gabriele is responsible for leading the provision of support services for OBS personnel in the lead-up to and during the Games. This includes overseeing the functional areas of Air & Ground Transport, Accommodations, Accreditation, Uniforms and Food Services, and working closely with the corresponding departments within the Organizing Committee to ensure these services are delivered to OBS and the RHBs according to the IOC standards.
Gabriele has been working with OBS since 2010, with PyeongChang 2018 representing his 7th Olympic Games experience with the Host Broadcaster, serving as Transport Manager before being appointed to his current role. His previous career was in the marketing & sport event industry for multinational companies in the role of logistics project manager, responsible for several international events such as world championships held by several international sports federations.
Jose Acosta, Director of Corporate Finance
In his role as Director of Corporate Finance, Jose Acosta is in charge of the general accounting and administration of OBS, as well as for the compliance with local and statutory regulations and taxation procedures. He also reports to the IOC OBS financial activity for consolidation. In addition, Jose manages the Asset Management Team that provides the company with internal controls and inventory processes for the protection of the assets. Jose joined OBS in 2005 and had his first Olympic experience in Torino 2006. His previous experience has always been in the Financial area, as Accounting Manager, Financial Controller or Financial Director in multinational companies from different sectors, retail, travel & entertainment and the equipment rental industry, companies such as First Choice Holidays, Seagram and Hertz.
Kostas Karvelas, Director of Budget & Planning
As the Director of Budget & Planning for OBS, Kostas Karvelas is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the budgets, forecasts and cash flows, negotiations with vendors and overseeing contracts and payments both for the Host Broadcast organisation and the Olympic Channel. Kostas has been working with the Host Broadcaster of the Olympic Games for the last 13 years and Rio will mark his involvement in nine consecutive Olympic Games. Prior to his Olympic career, Kostas worked as a consultant in the corporate finance department of Arthur Andersen and participated in several company valuations and business plans for mergers & acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the American College of Greece and a postgraduate degree in Money, Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham (UK).