RRSat CEO Avi Cohen Named 2014 Teleport Executive of the Year
The World Teleport Association has named Avi Cohen, CEO of RRsat, as its 2014 Teleport Executive of the Year. Cohen will be honored during WTA’s Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon on March 11 during SATELLITE 2014. The Teleport Executive of the Year award is presented to an individual for demonstrated entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in the development or operation of a teleport-based business.
Cohen was named the CEO of RRsat in July 2012. His challenge was to take RRsat – already a global player – to the next level of business success and value creation. Over the last 18 months, Cohen has led RRsat in its “Glocal” strategy – become a global leader with local footprints in key markets around the world. Part of this strategy included two acquisitions: SM2 Sports & Media Solutions and JCA TV. RRsat also consolidated two sites at its Israeli headquarters into a new state-of-the-art Broadcast Center in Emek Haela. Financially, Cohen as led RRsat to all-time record results, including expectation of full-year 2013 growth in revenues in the range of 6% to 10% year-over-year growth from 2012.
“Only a handful of teleport operating companies have grown to significant size,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “It is a highly competitive, capital-intensive business that is also built on personal relationships and service excellence. That is a high bar for any company to pass, and we salute Mr. Cohen for continuing the work of his predecessor, another Teleport Executive of the Year, and taking RRsat to the next level.”
“On behalf of the entire RRsat team, I am extremely proud to accept this prestigious reward,” commented Avi Cohen, CEO of RRsat. “Over the past two years, RRsat has worked tirelessly to transform the organization to meet the needs of today’s broadcasters, creating a global company with more robust offerings and talented personnel in key broadcasting markets. I believe this award speaks to the progress we have made. Our industry is changing quickly, as consumers are now watching content in new ways, on new devices, in an increasingly mobile society. RRsat is proud to play a part in this evolution, and we look forward to what the future will bring for our industry.”