Rick Young, formerly of ABC Television, Pathfire and the Associated Press, brings his industry and product expertise to the fast-growing digital news delivery company
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Oct. 26, 2010 – Bitcentral, dedicated to providing the broadcast industry with the most innovative and reliable digital news delivery systems, today announced that it has hired broadcast industry veteran Rick Young as its new director of business development. He will be based in Atlanta.
Young will work with Bitcentral’s key customers to develop the company’s products to meet their needs as well as cultivate new business opportunities. He will report to Gary Coats, Bitcentral’s Newport Beach-based chief operating officer.
“Rick brings an unparalleled reputation throughout the industry. His broad-based industry and technical knowledge will prove invaluable in helping anticipate the needs of our current and prospective customers,” said Coats.
Young joins Bitcentral from Atlanta, GA-based Clearleap Inc., a developer of an IP-based media content management and distribution platform used by television networks and pay TV providers. Prior to Clearleap, Young was at Pathfire, where he led that company’s News and Information, Syndication and Stations Solutions business units. While there, he managed the business relationships with Pathfire’s largest broadcast customers.
While at the ABC Television Network, he directed digital content and operations initiatives at ABC News. Earlier, Young was a member of the initial team responsible for the Associated Press’ development of their newsroom computer system product line.
“Bitcentral has enjoyed unprecedented expansion, yet I am certain there are significant and innovative growth opportunities ahead. I look forward to being a part of this exciting future,” said Young. “Frankly, I’m very impressed with Bitcentral’s news production solutions Precis and Oasis. It is a pleasure to work with best-in-class products and services,” he added.