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Digital TV Europe November/December 2010


Balan Nair Chief technology officer, Liberty Global


Liberty Global chief technology officer Balan Nair has been a key figure in keeping the international cable giant at the forefront of innovation.


Age 44 Education B.Sc. Electrical Engineering & MBA. Previous positions CTO of AOL, CTO/CIO of Qwest.


Achievements of the year Being able to support my colleagues and the operations to bring innovation into our products and services.


Surprises of 2010 I have been quite surprised by the rapid exponential increase in social networking and it’s impact on video streams, it’s impact on games and the resurgence of virtual goods. Social networks as a platform shakes up some of the existing paradigms of how software and content is delivered and monetised.


Goals for next year To improve our cycle time for new product devel- opment and to improve our operational effectiveness. We are planning on rolling out a number of initiatives next year that will be a delight to our customers. In addition, there is always room to improve on how effective your operations are. From a network reliability and efficiency.


Game-changing future development Content on multiple platforms. Favourite TV show 60 Minutes.


Life outside work Playing with my three children. Chess, tickle mon- ster, skiing and basketball are the top activities in the Nair household. Unfortunately, I no longer win in most of them. I have also learned a lot about giving from my colleagues at Liberty, and that has become a pri- ority for us as well.


Shane O’Neill Chief strategy officer, Liberty Global and president, Chellomedia


Shane O’Neill has played an instrumental role this year in JVs with CBS and Zon Multimédia, and has overseen the acquisition of Teuve.


Age 48


Education Law Degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Previous positions Executive director, Goldman Sachs.


Achievements of the year We have transformed Liberty Global into a predominantly European company. With the acquisition of Unitymedia in Germany and the sale of JCom in Japan, over 80% of our revenues now come from Europe. We are particularly excited about prospects in Germany. Chellomedia put in a great performance in a tough market with important new partnerships in place: our JV with CBS, our JV with Zon Multimédia and our acquisition of Teuve in Spain, to name a few!


Surprises of 2010 I was delighted to see investors’ confidence return to the cable sector early in 2010, the sector having proved its ability to withstand the challenges of a severe downturn, to successfully innovate in a dynamic industry and to deliver consistent economic returns.


Goals for next year In Liberty Global, we are still growing well organi- cally and there are some good acquisition targets on the horizon.


Game-changing future development The internet – yet again! Video on the internet is evolving rapidly, but our new Horizon platform embraces it for the benefit of our customers.


Ambition as a youngster To be a first rate surfer!


Favourite TV show For me Mad Men, and shows we can enjoy as a family, such as The X Factorand Strictly Come Dancing.


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